Listed below are the Executive
Committee of the Noel Coward Society. If you wish to contact
the Society you should email John
Knowles the General Manager and Secretary of the Society.
He can be reached at:
The Noel Coward
Society, 29, Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich NR6 6TB
email: [email protected]
Tel/Fax: +44(0)1603 486188
Imison is the Chairman of the Society he was the agent for all the written work for
many years and Coordinator of the Centenary Committee. Michael
Imison Playwrights Ltd is part of Alan Brodie Representatives
for who Michael is also a consultant. Michael is a Director of
Noel Coward Ltd.
John Knowles is Secretary to the Society.
'I have had a passion for Coward's work ever since being introduced
to his version of Cole Porter's 'Let's Do It' by my late father-in-law,
Peter Kennedy, over 30 years ago. From passion to obsession and
probably now, disease - I collect, read and talk about Coward
and his work. I am lucky to be able to help enhance people's
knowledge of Noel Coward and his life's work and remember Peter.
If we can provide some starting points for those who wish to
know more about this 'marvellous party' we will have done well.
Every time I write or open the website I think he is looking
at me and saying 'Now don't let me down, dear boy!' John is a
Director of Noel Coward Ltd. email
Gardiner is a Director
of Noel Coward Ltd. and a trustee of the Noel Coward Foundation.
Howarth represents Alan
Brodie Representation who manage the Noel Coward Estate.
Skinner represents 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
- Website: London: http://www.samuelfrench-london.co.uk and
- US: http://www.samuelfrench.com
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. I joined
Warner/Chappell in 1988 and have been responsible for the exploitation
of Noel Coward's song catalogue for the last ten years. It is
our job to create as much awareness for the songs as we can,
whether through recordings, live performance, in television commercials,
films or television programmes or in printed sheet music form.
I am pleased to say that the interest in and demand for Coward's
music and lyrics continues to grow and attract new audiences,
thanks to activity like the Levi's television commercial a few
years ago which used "Mad About The Boy", the contemporary
treatment of his songs on the album "Twentieth Century Blues"
and last year's Proms concert. With the launch of the Noel Coward
Society and the website, the work of Noel Coward will reach even
more people around the world. These outlets, together with the
many other new means of communicating information and music which
are becoming available to the world's population, means that
the access to and demand for Coward's musical works should continue
to grow well into the twenty-first century. Registered Office:
Griffin House 161 Hammersmith Road London Tel: 020 8563 5800 Facsimile: 020 8563 5801
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.
Gareth Pike is
a past Secretary of the Society - he 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.
Martin - of Blinkhorn's - specialist showbusiness accountants.
Graham is the Company Secretary of Noel Coward Ltd.
- Barry Day
is the co-author with Graham Payn, of the autobiography 'My Life
With Noel Coward'. His other books include 'Noel Coward - The
Complete Lyrics' and 'Noel Coward a Life in Quotes'. He works
in advertising and serves on the board of the group responsible
for the rebuilding of the Globe Theatre. He lives in New York
- Stephen Marshall is a member with a personal knowledge
and friendship with Noel Coward. For years Stephen was the secretary
of the First-Nighters a group that, as its name implies, attended
first night performances in the West End. Stephen befriended
Noel and the First-Nighters celebrated with the Master at a memorable
lunch to celebrate his 70th birthday.
- Ned Chaillet An established producer with the BBC
who was responsible for the BBC radio productions of Coward's
plays during the Centenary Year.
- 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.