Spring Edition of Home Chat 2020

View the Spring edition of Home Chat that features the history and development of Coward's most popular comedy Blithe Spirit. The current revival of Coward’s classic comedy, developed by the Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Lee Dean and Jonathan Church Productions, hits the West End on 5 March 2020. It is directed by Sir Richard Eyre and stars Jennifer Saunders. It has a strictly limited 6-week engagement at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre from 5 March to 11 April 2020.

If you wish to receive a printed copy of Home Chat then email the editor who will add you to the mailing list. The Summer edition of Home Chat, due out in May 2020, will preface the exhibition Noël Coward: Art & Style at Guildhall Art Gallery (off Gresham Street) EC2V 5AE. Tel :020 332 3370. Fully accessible. Opening hours ​Mon - Sat 10am - 5pm Sun - 12noon - 4pm.

Noël Coward: Art & Style

Noël Coward: Art & Style celebrates the dazzling visual side of Coward’s life and work by taking a fresh and vibrant look at the glittering world that Coward created. Bringing together never-before-seen materials from the Coward Archive, the exhibition demonstrates vividly the enormous impact that he and his creative circle had on the fashion and culture of his time, and how his legacy and influence still resonate today. The world première of this new exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Noël Coward’s West End debut as a 19-year-old playwright.


It is with very real sadness that we announce the death of Kathy who was a mainstay of the Noël Coward Society and our representative on the West Coast of the USA for many years. She contributed to the content and production of Home Chat for the past 20 years. In our next edition of Home Chat we will include a tribute to her work for the Society and her passion for the life and work of Noël Coward. If anyone wishes to contribute to this tribute please email your thoughts, memories and images to John Knowles by May 1st 2020.


IT'S FREE! if you wish to join the society please contact Stephen Duckham by email at this address: stephenduckham50@outlook.com

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. . .

 The Noel Coward Music Index

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


The Home Chat Archive includes every known edition of Home Chat that we have on file and links to the online versions of Home Chat since 2019.

This is a 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. Home Chat Archive

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Officers of the Society

Chairman: Stephen Duckham
In America: Jeffrey Hardy