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Listed below are the Executive Committee of the Noel Coward Society for 2003. If you wish to contact the Society you should email us at: [email protected]

The Noel Coward Society, 29, Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6TB. Tel: 01603 486 188 Fax: 01603 400683
email:
[email protected]

Patron: Graham Payn
Honorary President: Sir John Mills

Honorary Vice Presidents: Judy Campbell , Moira Lister & Sheridan Morley

John Knowles is Chairman and Editor of Home Chat the Society's newsletter and manages the Noel Coward Society website. John has been involved in education all of his life teaching amongst other things music and drama and has now retired from education administration. He is both a fan and an occasional performer of theatre and jazz and has had a passion for the work of Noel Coward for most of his life. He is currently working with the Lathom Park Trust and on a biography of the Earls of Lathom   email

Geoffrey SkinnerGeoffrey Skinner is Membership Secretary and responsible for sales. He is the accountant at Samuel French Limited, London, publishers of and leasing agents for amateur performance rights in Noel Coward's plays since 1920. I'll Leave It To You being our first acquisition for amateur performance and acting edition rights. "We handle amateur performance rights in a wide variety of territories and our American colleagues in New York and Hollywood and our Canadian office in Toronto cover the North American territories. We are proud to be able to say that Samuel French Ltd. have never let a major Coward play go out of print. This has meant, just by way of example, that we have printed 105,000 copies of Blithe Spirit since 1942, 57,000 copies of Private Lives since 1945 and 54,000 copies of Hay Fever since 1938, and we will continue to keep his plays available as acting editions throughout the 21st Century. The plays of Noel Coward are extremely popular on the amateur market throughout the World, offering not only wonderful entertainment for audiences, but also excellent opportunities for actors, directors and designers alike."
Website: London: http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk and
US: http://www.samuelfrench.com

Stephen Greenman is our General Secretary. Stephen started his working life as an auctioneer in the mid 70s but left the UK a few years later to tour around the world as a professional Ice Skater with Holiday on Ice. During which time he discovered Coward whilst treading in his footsteps throughout the Far East and South America. He retired from the frozen stage in the mid 90’s having stopped skating and being more involved in production and direction for some time. Since then he has been working in education currently senior manager for a new college in Greenwich where he has responsibility for finance and facilities.

Graham MartinGraham Martin Is Treasurer and a partner at Blinkhorn's - specialist showbusiness accountants of Mortimer Street, London.

Michael ImisonMichael Imison Is Immediate Past Chairman of the Society who was the agent for all the written work for many years and Coordinator of the Centenary Committee. Michael has recently retired from Michael Imison Playwrights Ltd part of Alan Brodie Representation.

Robert Gardiner is a trustee of the Noel Coward Foundation and a director of Noel Coward Ltd. He has a strong interest in the theatre and the life and work of Noel Coward.

 

 


Gareth Pike Is Immediate Past Secretary of the Society. Gareth Pike has spent his business career in the world of insurance and computers. These days he is an independent consultant working for clients of strategic projects in the insurance systems market. His real love is theatre, and the life and work of Noël Coward. He approached the Noël Coward Estate in early 1999, to ask after any appreciation society. That conversation, and the tremendous support of the Estate and all who work in the Coward world, ensured the Society was born.

Ali Howarth is a representative of Alan Brodie Representation who administer the Estate of Noel Cowar

Jane Finch is a member of the Society from Stourport-on-Seven she has been involved in amateur theatre since the age of 4! Taught dance and drama in schools and ran her own youth theatre for many years. Is Past Chair of the Worcestershire Theatre Festival. After belonging to established amateur groups for many years formed Acting for Charity Theatre 10 years ago. Has had wide experience of acting, directing and backstage in many styles of theatre. Directed Blithe Spirit and Private Lives. Co-devised, co-directed and performed in Noel Coward and Friends , a collection of Noel's work and the music of some of his contemporaries. Has long been a fan of Coward's work and has a collection of first editions, programmes and other memorabilia which continues to grow. Has aspirations to direct Cavalcade as a piece of community theatre and The Vortex.

Claire Osborne represents Warner/Chappell Music Limited. Warner/Chappell's association with the songs of Sir Noel Coward started in 1919 when the music publishing company Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, a company Chappell Music subsequently bought, acquired the rights to the song "The Baseball Rag". We tend to think of Coward now as writing both the music and lyrics for his songs, but he wrote the lyrics only for this particular work, the composer being Doris Doris (a pseudonym for Doris Walters). We have represented the Coward catalogue ever since then.
Registered Office: Griffin House 161 Hammersmith Road London
Tel: 020 8563 5800 Facsimile: 020 8563 580

Stephen Marshall knew Noel Coward and was the Secretary of the First-Nighters Society.

Ned Chaillet is a producer at BBC Drama

Marcy Kahan is a screenwriter and stage dramatist.

Barbara Longford taught Drama in schools in Hull, Liverpool's Scotland Road and the East End of London, before joining the BBC Radio Drama Department as a production assistant and later script editor. She now manages the Secretariat for local politicians in Kensington & Chelsea and is looking forward to arranging some sparkling events for the Society. If you have an idea for an interesting "Coward" event , please email

Stephen Greenman started his working life as an auctioneer in the mid 70s but left the UK a few years later to tour around the world as a professional Ice Skater with Holiday on Ice. During which time he discovered Coward whilst treading in his footsteps throughout the Far East and South America. He retired from the frozen stage in the mid 90's having stopped skating and being more involved in production and direction for some time. Since then he has been working in education currently senior manager for a very new college in Greenwich where he has responsibility for finance and facilities.

Lawton Clark 

Peter Tummons represents Methuen publishers who managed the publication of Coward's work during the Centenary Year and are the major publishers of Coward's work

US Representatives
Ken Starrett
in New York email: [email protected]
James O’Brien in Philadelphia email: [email protected]
Walter Smyth in Trevose near Philadelphia email:[email protected]
Alan Farley in San Francisco email: [email protected]
Jeff Bierig Chicago and the Midwest email: [email protected] 

Australian Representative
Robert Wickham
email: [email protected] 

Consultants 
Barry DayBarry Day is an author and Coward historian. He is the co-author with Graham Payn, of the autobiography 'My Life With Noel Coward'. His other books include ' The Unknown Noel', 'Noel Coward - The Complete Lyrics' and 'Noel Coward a Life in Quotes'. He worked previously in advertising and serves on the board of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre nby the River Thames in London. He lives in New York and London.  

Joel Kaplan Professor of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. He is the co-author of Theatre and Fashion: Oscar Wilde to the Suffragettes (Cambridge UP, 1994) and The Edwardian Stage (Cambridge UP, 1996), and author of a forthcoming study of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest. He was covenor of the Noel Coward Centenary Conference, held at the University of Birmingham in 1999, and co-editor (with Dr Sheila Stowell) of Look Back in Pleasure: Noel Coward Revisited, a volume of essays and interviews to be published by Methuen in November 2000.

Philip Hoare I published my biography of Coward in 1995, both in the UK and the USA, where, I'm pleased to say, it went down rather well. I claim no credit for this; it is merely an indication of the ongoing interest in Coward. I'm particularly keen to see Coward reinterpreted by a new generation - I think this is the only way his reputation will survive in this new century. Which is not to say I don't honour those who have carried the torch in the last century. My relationship with Coward and his work continues more strongly than ever. I have just finished writing a new, 5000 word entry on Coward for the New Dictionary of National Biography. And I look forward to seeing what the 21st century makes of him.'

 Copyright - The Noel Coward Society - May 2001