Noël Coward

Born 16 December 1899. Died 26 March 1973.
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Addinsell and Coward

Donald Macleod explores the music of Richard Addinsell and Noel Coward.

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Biography

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".

Born in Teddington, southwest London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.

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  1. Review of I Went to a Marvellous Party: His 45 Finest

    I Went to a Marvellous Party: His 45 Finest 2010

    Reviewed by Adrian Edwards
    Excellent documentation accompanies a most desirable package.
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