The latest issue of Home Chat, the magazine on the life and works of
Sir Noël Coward, has just been published!

Featuring an exclusive interview with Moritz von Stuelpnagel, the director of Broadway's upcoming production of Present Laughter, special tributes to Tammy Grimes and Florence Henderson, and much more.

You can read the publication online today here



The English Speaking Union & the Noel Coward Society Gala Dinner at Dartmouth House

10th April, 2017 - 7.15pm

Guest of honour: Dame Janet Suzman, DBE


Beetroot cured salmon, caviar, cucumber, honey vinaigrette, lemon crème fraiche

Breast of free range chicken, parsnip puree, pickled blackberries, savoy cabbage & rosti potatoes

Pear tatin, gorgonzola panna cotta, pear crisp

Tea and coffee

There will be cocktails, dinner and entertainment at the ESU headquarters in Dartmouth House in Mayfair • The price for the evening is £80 per person.

If you wish to attend, please contact Stephen Greenman at: sngk@outlook.com no later than 20th March 2017.

The Importance of Happiness:
Noel Coward and the Actors Orphanage

Elliot James explains...

In April of 1934, the most successful living playwright, Noel Coward, became the President of the Actors Orphanage and he remained in the position for twenty-two years.  Only his exile from England, necessary to afford any kind of comfortable retirement after post-war income taxes, forced him to resign from the post.  How did Noel come to be the President in the first place?  Why did he want to?  How significant was the role in his life?  This is one of the few areas of his famed life that hasn’t been significantly analysed in any way. 

Full story. . .

Gyles Brandreth laid flowers on the statue of
Sir Noël Coward at Drury Lane at the celebrations - Dec 2016


2016 Noël Coward Birthday Celebrations

The following links lead to galleries of all the photographs taken at the Coward Birthday events in December for the last two years.

Latest Gallery of Members at the 2016 event2015 event Gallery

Professor Hélène Catsiapis

Members will be sad to learn of the death of Professor Hélène Catsiaspis our representative in France for so many years. She is a great loss.

Her enthusiasm for Noël Coward and his work and her commitment to the Society made her a lively and exhuberant force in advancing its aims and enriching its programme of activity. She arranged one of the best trips in the history of the Society when members went to Paris to follow the trail of Noël's activities and his life there. A meal at 'Maxim's,' where we heard Coward sung in cabaret as only the French can, was a joy.

She was a noted contributor to our Annual Coward Birthday celebrations and lunches. Her generosity, vivacity and self-effacing charm will be sorely missed. We loved her and she loved us.

His Royal Highness Prince Edward The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC(P), first cousin to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has devoted his life to the service of his country. Even before he served twenty-one years as a regular soldier in the British Army, he was introduced to this life of service by his widowed mother, HRH Princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent, during an extensive tour of the Far East at the time of his seventeenth birthday.

His interest in modern technology, especially computing and engineering, in issues of health, fitness and social welfare, and in the development of the intellect, has seen him become the patron, president or active member of more than one hundred charities and social organisations.

His military service, and deep interest in military history, sees him making a particularly important contribution to many military-related organisations – the chief of which must be the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

At the time of his eightieth birthday on October 9, 2015, Prince Edward remains one of the busiest members of the royal family. This book is offered as a tribute to his life of service, and to the myriad organisations, large and small, local, national and international, that make up the fabric of the United Kingdom in the twenty-first century.

Details at: amazon.co.uk

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 The Noel Coward Music Index

This world class resource now has its own domain home at www.ncmi.info


The NCS Members' Archive is a vault of back copies of Home Chat. This is not some kind of Coward recycling centre but a real resource full of articles about The Master, his work and his contemporaries. It contains interesting facts, news of the time and images taken from a huge variety of sources and articles, some from arts and media magazines of the past. The archive is not searchable at present but we hope to extract the major articles and make them available in a searchable format at some point later this year. There are a few missing copies but we hope to fill in the gaps and improve the quality of some of the back copies as time passes. Members' Archive

NCS on the US West Coast - 'Coward On The Coast'
For current and past editions of this West Coast newsletter by Kathy Williams... Click here!

The Members' Page includes every known edition of Home Chat that we have on file. Examine hundreds of articles on Noël Coward - his work and life.

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