Tony Walton Embraces Noël
On Sunday 12th December four days before the birthdate of Sir Noël Coward, the Society celebrated with its third annual event to mark the birth of The Master at his statue at The Theatre Hall of Fame in The Gershwin Theatre in New York. Ken Starrett introduced the scenic designer and director Tony Walton who has received numerous awards including an Oscar and three Tonys for his work as a scenic and costume designer. He designed and directed the successful US premier of *After The Ball at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York last year. He spoke about his memories of Sir Noël and his first work for him at the age of 22 in the US production of Conversation Piece. He had hoped to have the actor Rosemary Harris with him but she was indisposed ... so he brought a caricature of her instead... More on Tony's speech...
The writer and Coward historian Barry Day and Coward's US Representative for many years, Geoffrey Johnson spoke about Coward's lifelong partner and friend Graham Payn following his recent death at Les Avants. Barry Day read verses that he had written to mark Graham's passing. In this photograph from L to R: Geoffrey Johnson. Barry Day, Ken Starrett, Tony Walton and Sir Noël Coward. More on this event later...
   

*This production was edited by Barry Day from Coward's original work. On Tuesday 14th December 2005 a video recording of the production was shown to members at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.


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