Coward

Overview

Noel Coward (1899-1973), personified the elegant, witty and faintly outrageous way of life of the upper classes between the wars. He achieved an early fame starring in his own play The Vortex in 1924. This success was consolidated with his plays Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1930) and Blithe Spirit (1941). A patriotic vein evident in his stage extravaganza Cavalcade (1931) deepened with his performance in the wartime film In Which We Serve (1942). In the same period his play Still Life was adapted into the ...
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Overview

Noel Coward (1899-1973), personified the elegant, witty and faintly outrageous way of life of the upper classes between the wars. He achieved an early fame starring in his own play The Vortex in 1924. This success was consolidated with his plays Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1930) and Blithe Spirit (1941). A patriotic vein evident in his stage extravaganza Cavalcade (1931) deepened with his performance in the wartime film In Which We Serve (1942). In the same period his play Still Life was adapted into the film Brief Encounter, still regarded as a British classic to this day.

He responded to the changes of the post-war world through the medium of cabaret performance and character acting while still writing hit musicals. His songs such as 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen' and 'Stately Homes', endure as mementos to his brilliant talent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904341888
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2006
  • Series: Life&Times Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheridan Morley was one of Britain's foremost theatre critics, broadcasters and biographers. He has written the first biographies of David Niven and James Mason, as well as the lives of many other actors including his father, Robert Morley, and his grandmother, Dame Gladys Cooper. His authorised biography of John Gielgud was published to much critical acclaim in 2001.

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Table of Contents

Prologue 1
The boy actor 3
For King and Country 13
Bright Young Thing 21
A frightfully depraved mind 30
A talent to amuse 39
Crest of the wave 47
Playboy of the West End World 58
A pretty exciting thing to be English 74
Surviving the peace 97
Future indefinite 103
Sailing away 124
Singing at twilight 132
Out in the midday sun: Jamaica 138
Epilogue 148
Chronology 156
Further Reading 172
List of Works 173
Picture Sources 175
Acknowledgements 176
Index 177
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