"I'm an enormously talented man, and there's no use pretending that I'm not." - Noël Coward
In this hilarious comedy, two couples, Julia and Fred and Willy and Jane, are happily married and the best of friends. That is, until a postcard arrives with news of an imminent visit from Maurice, a handsome Frenchman carrying strong ties from the pasts of both Julia and Jane.
This is the Noël Coward at his unmatched best - gay, debonair, sophisticated. This style won him international acclaim as the most successful creator of high comedy in the present day theatre.
Behind the Curtain
"There are probably greater painters than Noël, greater novelists than Noël, greater librettists, greater composers of music, greater singers, greater dancers, greater comedians, greater tragedians, greater stage producers, greater film directors, greater cabaret artists, greater TV stars. If there are, they are fourteen different people. Only one man combined all fourteen different labels - The Master." - Lord Mountbatten on the occasion of Coward’s 70th birthday.
Did You Know?
Only two statues stand in the foyer of London’s oldest theatre – the Royal Drury Lane Theatre: William Shakespeare’s on the left and Noël Coward’s on the right.
In 1925 Coward had three concurrent productions running simultaneously (On With The Dance, Hay Fever and Fallen Angels), a record that stood for half a century.