Noël Coward in the United Kingdom
CinemaLive, Digital Theatre and Fathom Events are thrilled to present the West End revival of Noël Coward’s Private Lives on the big screen!
This one-night event will take place on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:00pm (local time) in select cinemas across the USA
Private Lives transferred to London’s West End following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre. This production stars Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor as glamorous divorcées Elyot and Amanda, whose love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.
In addition to the acclaimed performance, cinema audiences will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience with cast and crew, combined with a special celebrity featurette exploring the continuing allure of Noël Coward. Read more. . .
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL BLAKEMORE
ANGELA LANSBURY RETURNS TO THE WEST END AND STARS WITH JANIE DEE AND CHARLES EDWARDS
Previews from 1 March 2014
Press Night: 18 March 2014
Returning to the London stage for the first time in nearly 40 years the inimitable Angela Lansbury reunites with acclaimed director Michael Blakemore to reprise her Tony award-winning Broadway performance as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit. Opening at the Gielgud Theatre on 18 March 2014, with previews from 1 March, this new production of Noël Coward’s sharp comedy of social mores will also star Janie Dee and Charles Edwards.
Noel Coward and young directors lead Sam Hodges’ debut season at Nuffield
Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre is to co-produce a collection of nine one-act plays by Noel Coward next year with English Touring Theatre as part of its 2014 season.
The venue’s new creative and executive director Sam Hodges announced today that the show, called Tonight at 8.30, will be directed by Blanche McIntyre and will be performed by a repertory ensemble cast.
Performed in trios, the production will run from April 24 to May 24, 2014 before touring. Read more...
Brief Encounter in Australia captures the critics...
"Prepare to be wowed: Kneehigh’s clever, quirky and catchy production of Brief Encounter is a modern polishing of a classic play sure to generate some oohs and ahs, such is the richness of visual splendour and the lively performances." Australian Stage
Exhibition at Carnforth
The Noël Coward Society has arranged an exhibition about Noël Coward at the Carnforth Station Heritage Centre at the home of David Lean’s Brief Encounter the train station used for the external shots in the much-loved film version of Noël Coward’s play Still Life. The exhibition is running from 1st October to the 11 December 2013.
A talk by John Knowles at the Heritage Centre about Noël Coward, will include video commentary on the film by Barry Day, posters and artefacts from the collection of the Noël Coward Estate, seen at the Star Quality exhibition this year in New York. The talk will focus on the writing of Still Life as part of the collection of Coward’s one-act plays under the title Tonight at 8.30 and the development of the play into the film Brief Encounter.
In the introduction to a published edition of the plays, Coward wrote,
“A short play, having a great advantage over a long one in that it can sustain a mood without technical creaking or over padding, deserves a better fate, and if, by careful writing, acting and producing I can do a little towards reinstating it in its rightful pride, I shall have achieved one of my more sentimental ambitions.”
David Lean at Carnforth Station.