In the West End at The Noël Coward Theatre and Simpson's In The Strand.

December 14th 2019

Is the date for this year’s celebration of the Master’s birth. Flowers will be laid at the Noel Coward Theatre with tea and coffee at 11.30

The guest celebrity this year is the distinguished theatre director and author, Giles Havergal CBE.

From 1969 to 2003, Giles was artistic director at the famous Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow directing over 80 productions. He adapted for the stage the Graham Green novel, Travels with My Aunt and has also directed Opera productions in many parts of the world.

During his time in Glasgow, productions of Sirocco and Semi Monde were produced.





Lunch at 12.30pm, for the third year running, at the classic Simpson’s in the Strand. Cabaret performed by Ben Stock, an actor and cabaret artist.

He has performed in New York at Feinstein’s, London at the Pheasantry and Crazy Coqs and in numerous other venues across the country and the Far East.

As well as performing at the piano himself, he will also be accompanied by Inga Davis Rutter, bringing his own unique style to the music of Noel Coward.

A great finale to the celebrations of the Master’s 120th Birthday. See cost and details and make your booking using our online form. You can pay by cheque or bank transfer as detailed on the form

Applications are already coming in fast, so please don’t delay.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Stephen Duckham

Chairman - The Noël Coward Society

HOME CHAT - 20th Anniversary Edition

The 20th Anniversary Edition of Home Chat, the international magazine on the life and works of Sir Noël Coward, will published in September 2019.

This edition will feature productions, events and publications of the past 20 years since Home Chat has been produced. We have invited performers, difrectors, producers and critics to provide their take on The Master.

You can read the publication as soon as it goes online - If you wish to receive a FREE printed copy of the magazine then write to the editor John Knowles at who will add you to the mailing list.


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

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


The Home Chat Archive is a vault of back copies. 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

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.

NO HOME CHAT? - Please contact John Knowles if you have any queries on the postal delivery or online versions of Home Chat.

Officers of the Society

Chairman: Stephen Duckham
NCS on the West Coast of America: Kathy Williams
NCS on the East Coast and New York: Jeffrey Hardy