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Society Event at Teddington
Including Present Laughter
at Hampton Hill Playhouse
Special Guest - Moira Lister
On Saturday 19th June members and their guests visited Teddington to see the birthplace of Noel Coward and the church where his parents met and sang in the choir. A very special guest was Moira Lister who joined the party for the day and was greeted with a mixture of awe and delight by the cast of Present Laughter at Hampton Hill Playhouse later in the evening. The day was a great success and rounded off with a fine supper at ‘Joes Bar and Restaurant’ at Hampton Hill followed by a wonderful production of one of Coward’s ‘biographical’ plays Present Laughter. The Old Hamptonians were superb in their roles. The actors involved work in productions for other amateur groups, particularly the Teddington Theatre Club, whose official home is the Hampton Hill Playhouse. The role of
Garry was played with exceptional flair and style by Stephen Bentley. The whole cast and the director are to be congratulated on doing the Master proud!
Noël In New York
The planned trip to New York for UK members joining in the US celebrations of Noël’s birth is timed for Dec 3rd to Dec 6th 2004. Members and their guests are asked to arrange their own flights, accommodation. The programme being arranged by our host Ken Starrett includes attending the laying of flowers by a theatre celebrity on the statue of Noel Coward at the Gershwin Theatre on Sunday 5th December. This is to be followed by a luncheon and a showing of the CBS TV Blithe Spirit production with Noël, Lauren Bacall and Claudette Colbert. During the stay their will be an opportunity to experience a short tour of theatres where Coward appeared or produced his own work. New York will be getting ready to greet Christmas with all the seasonal style that only the Big Apple possesses so a wonderful shopping opportunity presents itself. An initial deposit of £60 per person is required by 30 October 2004, payable to The Noël Coward Society and sent to John Knowles, 29 Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6TB, UK.
The Master’s Voice
Norwich - September 4th, 2004
A date is planned in one of England’s finest cities, Norwich, where the Maddermarket Theatre which opened in 1921 and was the first permanent recreation of an Elizabethan Theatre anywhere, will provide the setting for THE MASTER’S VOICE a Celebration of the Words and Music of Noël Coward on Saturday September 4th, 2004. This production was first seen as part of the Coward Centenary celebrations and was an enormous hit! It features, amongst others Dominic Vlasto as soloist and
director. Stuart Miles accompanying on piano and singers Rachel and Geoffrey Hodson. Rachels’ performance of I’ve Been To A Marvellous Party is worth the ticket price alone! Details of this event can be seen in the next Home Chat. We are offering a weekend with a choice of accommodation in central Norwich overlooking the Cathedral or in a local Inn some 5 miles outside the City in the Norfolk countryside, a choice of two guided tours with Blue Badge guides of the Medieval City or the Cathedral (you can take both if you wish - at different times)! The package will provide details of accommodation, budget train fares and ticket prices for the show. There will be opportunities to visit Norwich Castle, the Market Place and The Forum as well as to wander through the medieval streets by the River Wensum, via the famous Elm Hill. Norwich is one of the finest provincial shopping centres in the UK and includes the wonderful colourful Market, the Victorian Arcade and the new Castle Mall. Norwich City FC may well be playing on Saturday afternoon as well!
Lord Attenborough in London!
& Rules Restaurant
Please make a note in your diaries that Saturday 11th December this year will be the date for our Annual General Meeting at the Theatre Museum, followed by the flower-laying ceremony at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Lord Attenborough has accepted our invitation to perform the ceremony this year, his filming commitments permitting, and he and his wife, Sheila hope to join us for lunch afterwards at Rules Restaurant, Maiden Lane. Rules is the oldest restaurant in London and in all of its 200 years, spanning the reigns of nine monarchs, it has been owned by only three families. Throughout its history, Rules has been crowded with writers, artists, lawyers, journalists and actors. As well as being frequented by great literary talents - including Dickens, Thackeray, Galsworthy and H.G. Wells - Rules has also appeared in novels by Rosamond Lehmann, Evelyn Waugh, Graham Greene, John Le Carre, Dick Francis, Penelope Lively and Claire Rayner. Rules has been the unofficial “green room” for the world of entertainment from Henry Irving to Laurence Olivier and the history of the English stage adorns the walls.
Noël will undoubtedly have eaten at Rules.
The Society has reserved two exquisite private rooms at Rules, for our Luncheon - the Graham Greene Room and the John Betjeman Room, in combination. Graham Greene was a very frequent visitor and even when living in the South of France, he still chose to spend all his birthdays in these quintessentially British surroundings.
Further details and a booking form will appear in a future edition of Home Chat.
BOOKS for sale...
These books are available to members from: The Noël Coward Society, 29, Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6TB. Please send cheque with order for the total amount
These books are available from The Noël Coward Society, 29, Waldemar Avenue, Hellesdon, Norwich, NR6 6TB. Please send cheque with order for the total amount
The Lyrics of Noël Coward - Methuen 2002, new paperback copies.
List price £9.99 our price £3 plus postage*
Firefly - Noël Coward in Jamaica - IslandLife 2000, new paperback copies.
List price £12.49 our price £3 plus postage *
List price £13.00 our price £5 plus postage*
* Postage is £2.00 per book for the UK and £5 if all three are purchased. Postage abroad will depend on whether you wish for airmail or surface mail - please email postage enquiries to:[email protected]ël coward.net or write to the address on Page 12.
A catalogue of books from the Noël Coward’s London Office is being created for publication in the next few weeks. Another 1,000 books are to be catalogued in the near future and this will be published later in the year. With so much activity at the moment our volunteers are all rather swamped with work so please bear with us as these latest publications are constructed and dispatched!
This year the Committe has decided to take full advantage of the guidance contained in the Society’s Constitution. In November each year Committee members will be proposed by the membership and officially elected by the AGM in December (self-proposals are welcomed). The officers will be proposed and elected by the new Committee each year at the first meeting following the AGM.
Stephen Greenman has agreed to take on the General Secretary role for the rest of this year to allow John Knowles to concentrate on his work as Resource Management and Publications Editor.
Patron: Graham Payn
President: Sir John Mills
Vice-Presidents: Judy Campbell. Moira Lister and Sheridan Morley
Chairman: Barbara Longford
General Secretary: Stephen Greenman
Resources and Editor: John Knowles
Treasurer: Graham Martin
Membership Secretary: Celia Cologne
Media: Lawton Clarke
Robert Gardiner (Noël Coward Foundation and Noël Coward Ltd)
Michael Imison (Past Chairman & Noël Coward Ltd.)
Lisa Foster (Alan Brodie Representation)
Claire Osborne (Warner Chappell)
Geoffrey Skinner (Samuel French)
Student Representative: Stuart Clarke
Peter Tummons (Methuen Drama)
Marcy Kahan (Dramatist)
Ned Chaillet (BBC Radio Drama)
Stewart Nicholls (Producer)
Paul Webb (Writer/Producer)
Graham Pike (Past Secretary)
Stephen Marshall (First-Nighters)
Jane Finch (Regional Drama)
Alan Brodie (who represents the Noël Coward estate)
Barry Day (Coward historian and author)
Philip Hoare (Coward biographer)
Dominic Vlasto (Musicologist)
US Lead Representative: Ken Starrett
US - Jeff Bierig & Walter Smyth
US West Coast - Alan Farley
Australia - Robert Wickham
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