NOËL COWARD'S 119th BIRTHDAY
On Saturday 15th December Emma Rice laid flowers on the statue of Noël Coward at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London to mark TheMaster's 119th birthday. This was followed by celebratory drinks and the Society's Annual Lunch at Simpson's in the Strand.
The theme for this edition is the homes of Noël Coward in his own words and those of others. It also features archive holdings discovered by Barry Day, with articles from Stephen Duckham, Jeffery Hardy and Elliot James and includes details of the events in London and New York.
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Sheridan Morley described Stefan Bednarczyk as “one of the most important interpreters of Coward we have”. After the show received its premiere in 2013, Stefan Bednarczyk Performs Noël Coward was seen widely around the country, around Europe and in the US.
“A remarkable solo show… which both reveals and redefines the nature of the man’s genius. Bednarczyk comes across as both authentic re-interpreter and skilled champion” - WhatsOnStage
“Can there be a better interpreter of Noël Coward operating in the UK (in the world?) than Bednarczyk?... He is a consummate performer; his piano playing is flawless and he exudes an irresistible charisma… This is cabaret at its finest” - Musical Theatre Review
Now Bednarczyk brings his latest show to The Pheasantry. Imaginatively titled Stefan Bednarczyk Performs MORE Noël Coward, this show includes more classic songs, some lesser-known re-discoveries and further revealing extracts of his Verse and prose.
“Listening to Bednarczyk play and sing (Coward) classics... has to be one of the great pleasures of a visit to the capital. His choice of songs is mindful of an audience’s need to be entertained, while his individual interpretation of the musical numbers is exemplary.” - The Stage
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.
The Noel Coward Music Index
This world class resource now has its own domain home at www.ncmi.info
HOME CHAT ARCHIVE
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!
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