The Noel Coward Centenary Conference was held at Birmingham on the 1st & 2nd November 1999. A commentary on the conference can be seen in the archives on the Home Chat page.
Monday 1 November
Session 1: Joel Kaplan moderator
David Edgar - From Post Mortem to Peace in Our Time:
Coward and the Death of Comedy
Peter Holland - Noel Coward: a Class Act
Michael Coveney - Coward, Decadence and the Contemporary Theatre
Session 2: Dan Rebellato moderator
Philip Hoare - It's all a Question of Masks:
Noel Coward and the Place of Reticence
Alan Sinfield - Out on Stage: Coward as Matinee Idol and Gay Icon
Jean Chothia - Noel Coward: Playing with the Audience
Session 3: Sheila Stowell moderator
Frances Gray - Still Life/On with the Dance: Moving with Coward
John Stokes - Le printemps du theatre: Coward's France
Peter Raby - A Weekend in the Country: Coward, Wilde and Saki
The Coward Archive (official handing-over to the University)
Evening: Allardyce Nicoll Studio Theatre
Keynote address:
Sheridan Morley - A Talent to Amuse
Performance by Peter Greenwell piano
Tuesday 2 November
Session 4: Directors on Coward - Steve Nallon moderator
Philip Franks, (Private Lives, RNT)
Christopher Newton, (Easy Virtue, Shaw Festival, Canada)
Sue Wilson, (Tonight at 8.30, BBC Radio 4)

Session 5: Performers on Coward - Russell Jackson moderator
Corin Redgrave, (A Song at Twilight, Gielgud)
Malcolm Sinclair, (Hay Fever, Savoy)

End of Conference

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