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Caricatures of Noël Coward

In the middle decades of the 20th century Noël's photographic and caricatured image consistently peppered the theatrical, social and gossip pages of the World's press. From the 1930s onwards his caricature graced the walls of Sardi's restaurant in New York - although it is not found nowadays sharing the ambience with countless pre-theatre diners (it is rumoured to be hanging somewhere in the upper storeys). Shown below are some of those caricatures that have graced the glossies or supported reviews of Coward's work in the trade papers.

 

Used in The Indepedent On Sunday heading an article on Noël in his Centenary Year. The original is held by an NCS member.

The only edition of what promised to be a sumptuous celebration of Wit offers a vaguely Cubist interpretation of The Master.

 

A caricature from the collection of The Hampden-Booth Theatre Library founded in 1888 at The Players 16 Gramercy Park South New York, NY 10003

 

 

A cartoon more than a caricature of the final departure of the main protagonists at the end of the original 1930 production of Private Lives with Noël and Gertrude Lawrence creeping out of the door leaving Laurence Olivier and Adrianne Allen inthe middle of the final curtain-closing harangue.

The many moods of Noël Coward captured in Art Nouveau style.

Noël in fine Regency fettle in Coversation Piece where against Charles Cochran's advice he starred, supporting the french singing star Yvonne Printemps.

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Again a cartoon more than a caricature, emphasising the multiplicity of his talent and the abundance of work that Noël produced at his peak in the 1930s and 40s.

 

Noël's 9 play wonder that started off as Tonight at 7.30 when it opened in 1935 in Manchester and changed to its best known title when it moved to The Phoenix in London's West End where the later starting time reflected the theatre-going habits of London audiences.