New on the Members' Pages
Roger Quilter ... Where The Rainbow Ends
How to purchase, at a discount price ,Valerie Langfield's book entitled
'Roger Quilter His Life and Music' Click here!

Additional Pages: The catalogue used at the Alexander House Hotel Sunday Luncheon. There are now larger versions of the Coward paintings linked to the thumbnail impressions on the Paintings pages in the Archive. Click on any thumbnail to see a larger version.

HOME CHAT All back and current copies of HOME CHAT are now available in Acrobat Reader format from the links shown below (to obtain a free copy of Acrobat Reader click here). If you have any contributions, comments, suggestions, queries or preferences please let John Knowles know by email.
Acrobat Reader copies of HOME CHAT:
January I February I March I April I May I Sept/Oct/Nov
February , March , April , May , June , July , August , September ,
October , November , November Colour Sheet , December
, December Colour Sheet

On these pages is an archive of pages from the Theatre Edition of The Play a pictorial journal famous in the 20s, 30s and 40s. This edition is devoted to the first run of Cavalcade at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Painting Catalogue from the event at the Alexander Hotel at Turner's Hill, Crawley, West Sussex
Coward at 2000
from the Society's celebrations in London of Noël Coward's birth .
Fallen Angels of A very special evening ... Drinks with Graham Payn and then on to Fallen Angels ...
Coward in the Press - 23 fully-sized Press photographs from the Martin Phillips' Collection that highlight 40 years of Noël Coward's life from 1932 to 1972. News, rehearsal, and promotional shots with other stars.

Coward correspondence in the Bham collection may form the basis of a new book to be published by Methuen. UNKNOWN COWARD.
Private Lives: Star studded production is promised in the Autumn in the West End prior to Broadway - watch this space!

Sail Away: the Carnegie hall concert version is to be revived on Broadway later this year or next - it is now less likely that Elaine Stritch will be available.

MasterPieces should be seen in Birmingham early next year, with a transfer to the West End to follow.

Howard Panter is still keen in bringing Twiggy over in Noël & Gertie/If Love Were All.

The Vortex confirmed at the Crucible Sheffield, then West End, directed by Michael Grandage (2001/2)
Not Yet The Dodo - Plans are afoot for a musical version.
Keith Baxter directing Quadrille (2002); Design for Living in Melbourne and Adelaide (2001).

Interesting foreign language productions coming up include Fallen Angels in Brazil and Waiting in the Wings in Poland.

The film of Quadrille is still being planned by Vanguard/Monogram/Skyline.

Read about Coward's WW2 activities! Both parts of Barry Day's; The Unknown Noël - on the Members' Pages!
Click on either Part 1 or Part 2 to read the extracts:
Part 1: a letter to his secretary written on British Embassy Stationery "Lornie, whose undying love ... ," 'London 1940,' An intended American Broadcast (1940), Verse: 'Back To The Nursery,' 'These Are Brave Men' and 'Note On Our New National Heroine.'
Part 2: This section deals with Coward's war time activities; also 'This Happy Breed'; ENSA concerts; Noel Coward enlisted to help the WW2 War effort as early as 1938; Coward's relationship and correspondence with Robert Vansittart, the Foreign Office Permanent Under-Secretary; Nazi sympathisers; Government 'work' in South Africa and much more ...

Pictures and details from the first of a series of articles on original Coward productions. Our first is: Operette - The text and pictures from an item in a special supplement of the 'Theatre World' dated April 1938. The second is Blithe Spirit - a review, lots of pictures and the story all told in the August 1942 edition of 'Theatre World.'There is also a review of Plays and Music a touring version of 'Tonight at 8.30'

Roger Quilter ... Where The Rainbow Ends
Details to follow of how to purchase, at a discount price ,Valerie Langfield's book entitled
'Roger Quilter His Life and Music' published by Boydell & Brewer, who are offering this book at 25% discount to Society members, a price of £30 not £40 00 (plus postage & packing UK £2 and non-UK £4).

When ordering at the special offer price, please quote reference number "02120". Offer expires 30 October 2002. Send order with payment to:
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DF, UK
Tel: 01394 411320; Fax: 01394 411477; e-mail: [email protected]
or order securely online:

On her website Valerie describes Roger Quilter's connection with the young Noel Coward:

"In 1911, the children's play Where the Rainbow Ends was premièred at the Savoy Theatre, London; Quilter wrote the incidental music for it. Produced by Italia Conti, who subsequently founded the Italia Conti School (now the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts), it was immensely successful, and for many years Quilter conducted the opening matinée of the season. The parties for the cast of children, that he held at his home in Montagu Street, London, were also well-known."
To view further details on Valerie's website and those of the publisher click below:
Valerie Langfield

Boydell & Brewer
Look Back In Pleasure
The Society still has copies of this unique collection of papers from the Coward Centenary Conference held in Birmingham in November 1999 - with additional contributions from Coward contemporaries and others.
There is a discount of one third on the price. email for enquiries and orders.
The Theatrical Companion to Coward
Published by Oberon Books
Available to members - priced £19.25
Postage is: £5 in the UK. £7 for Europe and £14 for Rest
of the World.
Email for your copy!
This new version of the classic Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Companion has been edited and updated by Barry Day and Sheridan Morley for the Noël Coward Centenary. It is an absolute must for Coward buffs, students and researchers.
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