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Homes Abroad and Travel
Noel Coward travelled all his life. During his most productive years he often travelled alone and used his time abroad to recuperate from an exhausting work-driven lifestyle but he was always thinking and forming ideas and wrote a lot of his best work abroad or on holiday. This developing page provides basic information and pictures of his travels, destinations - with references to the published diaries and biographies, and his final homes in Jamaica and Switzerland.
 
You can use the World map below by clicking on a part of the World where Coward travelled (a hand will appear over each area with a link to further information.)
AMERICA I SOUTH AMERICA I BERMUDA I MALTA I CHINA I JAPAN I BURMA I KOREA I EGYPT I SIAM I SRI LANKA I SWITZERLAND I JAMAICA I SOUTH AFRICA I AUSTRALASIA I GIBRALTAR I
America Noel Coward first visited America in 1921 on the Aquitania at a cost of £100 one-way. He was attracted to this expensive mode of crossing the Atlantic by the fact that Jeffery Holmesdale (Lord Amherst) was travelling to New York on his way to Massachusetts. Coward used all his saved money for the fare and sold two songs to Ned (Lord) Lathom, a rich aristocrat and friend, who did not really want them. Coward's original dream of 'promising playwright conquers New World' was doomed to near failure partly due to his naivety and partly to the absence of producers and theatre folk in general as they appeared to have largely left New York for the summer. Determination, writing to order, and the ruthless milking of his contacts and rapidly-acquired friends kept him going, though he records being at times very short of cash and food and heavily reliant on others. He was to return later with increasing triumph as performances of his plays were taken to America. It was not long before he became an international figure, known and respected everywhere. 'I like America' he sang, and he genuinely did, and the Americans themselves, who befriended him in droves. During WWII he was sent by the Ministry of Information to America and toured the States for some months before returning to Washington to assist with the British War Relief effort. He visited America three times during the war. His return in the 50's as a cabaret artist - he feared the Americans would not appreciate his songs - was received with acclaim. Airplanes full of American friends came to see him perform in the desert resort of Las Vegas.
Australasia He visited Australia at the suggestion of Richard Casey and following an invitation from the Australian Government. The visit, part of his troop entertainment tours included assisting in Red Cross benefits and war charities. His broadcasts on Australian radio, on behalf of the War Effort, are recorded in his book Australia Visited. The broadcasts were repeated in New Zealand. According to Future Indefinite Coward arrived on the Monterey on November 16th 1940 and stayed for several weeks; a visit fondly remembered by many Australians. Here seen broadcasting in Australia
He sought an accompanist at Romanos who fell ill at the first concert. Marie Burke sent him one of her accompanists (Sefton Daly - a New Zealander) and he toured! A mixtue of troop and public concerts. He went next to New Zealand on the Mariposa to Auckland for a month of troop concerts and other commitments and then to Canton island for a rest.
South America
Bermuda Coward lived in Bermuda as his first respite from the burden of UK taxes. Graham Payn recalls Noel's cooking which consisted of putting in every herb and spice from the larder.
Malta
Korea
Burma
Japan
China (Manchuria)
Egypt
Siam
Ceylon (Sri Lanka) A Prairie Line freighter took Jeffery Amherst and Noel Coward to Ceylon where they were met by Erik, Noel's brother. Erik was a tea planter 'sent' to Ceylon with financial support from Noel who had little time for him.
Switzerland The European final home for Coward, Graham Payn and Cole Lesley. Chateau Coward at Les Avants is still the home of Graham Payn and therefore the Coward Estate. At the time of Noel's residence he had many celebrity neighbours including Joan Sutherland and her conductor husband, the Niven's and James Mason. Joan Sutherland recalls the wonderful Christmas days spent in Les Avants in Noel's company with visits to each other's houses.
South Africa
Gibraltar Visited as part of his Middle East tour in July 1943 after a journey by naval ship where he felt "serenely happy" as he 'joined' the crew in the ward room and strutted the ship.
Jamaica was an island of peace for Noel Coward. It provided him with a haven away from the pressures of the theatrical world and meeting and greeting the world at large. From an initial stay at Ian Fleming's 'Goldeneye' to the purchase of a plot of land and the building of Blue Harbour and eventually Firefly. He rested, wrote, and entertained friends from across the globe. Graham Payn, Cole Lesley & Joyce Carey were his constant companions in this island paradise that he loved at first sight and eventually became his final resting place.
 
Jamaican links are:
Blue Harbour
http://www.villasetal.com/blueharbour/Default.htm
Blue Harbour version of Coward's life
http://www.villasetal.com/blueharbour/history.htm
Noel Coward's Blue Harbour
http://www.intimate-jamaica.com/ij-sm02.htm
Ian Fleming's Jamaica
http://www.commanders.com/flemings_jamaica/pages/firefly_03.html
Short history of Blue Harbour
http://members.aol.com/BHarbour1/private/history.htm
Firefly Tour
http://www.royalcaribbean.com/1.2/1.2.2/1.2.2.9/1.2.2.9.11/1.2.2.8.8x5.html
 

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