Each day we receive numerous questions about Noël Coward by email. Part of our role as a Society is to provide accurate information on this remarkable man - so here is some background and guidance on asking questions.
Noël Coward remarked that he did not think his work would survive him, yet every succeeding generation wants to find out more about this person they perceive as being the quintessential 20s and 30s upper class playboy. Nothing could be farther from the truth - as these pages give witness! He rose from humble but genteel stock to become a consummate theatre professional, writer and composer. His strong self-disciplined approach to his work enabled him to produce some 50 plays, 400 songs and numerous revue sketches and verse, short stories and a novel. He directed, produced and acted in countless plays and films and was writing right up to his death in Jamaica in 1973.
At an early age he realised that he would get on only if he created a space for himself in the theatre and the class-dominated society of the day. Together, the immaculately tied dressing gown and impeccably held cigarette holder, slicked back hair and decadently posed head, created a unique image that epitomised an age and a style that is forever Noël Coward.
If you have a Question for us?
Then please get in touch with one of the following people who may be able to help you.
If you are not a member of the Society then we can answer on one topic only with a single response. If you are a member then ask as many questions as you wish.
If your question is about obtaining a licence to use any of Noël Cowards work then please go to www.noelcoward.co.uk
If you wish to know about the Noël Coward Foundation then please visit www.noelcoward.org
We can only answer specific questions and are not able to provide words of songs or extracts from texts covered by copyright.
Whilst we always do our best to assist student enquiries we are not able to supply detailed pieces on Noël Coward or his contemporaries.
Biographies and books on Coward are widely available from Amazon and other booksellers at reasonable prices. Unfortunately we are unable to carry out valuations of Noël Coward memorabilia.
The names of contacts for questions are shown below:
Barbara Longford - Chairman email
Stephen Greenman - General Secretary - general queries on the Noël Coward Society its services and facilities and NCS events email
John Knowles - General Manager - for general enquiries, book and CD sales; enquiries about the website - including What's On?, and our newsletter Home Chat, the Society's newsletter. email
or post to: The Noël Coward Society, 29, Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6TB, United Kingdom.
Ken Starrett - North American Director for general queries about Noël Coward in America and current US/Canadian productions. email
Stephen Marshall - probably has every record made by The Master, plus other tributes etc., plus programmes from the early days in the UK and, later NY. Plus numerous boxes of cuttings... email
Gareth Pike - general queries about Noël Coward, biography queries, student queries, etc. email