Musical comedy based on relationship of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence
A musical comedy based on the “real life love story” of playwright and songwriter Noel Coward and actress Gertrude Lawrence is to run at the New Wimbledon Studio from February 27-March 4.
The production – Noel & Gertie – is a revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years and has been crafted from diaries and letters between the pair. 2017 is the tenth anniversary of Morley’s death and so the play is being revived as a celebration of his life.
Matthew Townshend, the director and producer, said: “This play encapsulates a real life love story and the complex relationship between an extraordinary duo who were inseparable until Gertrude’s premature death from cancer.
“It epitomises an era of sophistication and elegance and features songs, sketches and snippets of scenes from some of Coward’s most famous work. It also has a superb cast. It’s a show not to miss.”
Helen Power, who has previously appeared in Sunset Boulevard on the West End and appeared in the BBC Drama Capturing Mary will play Gertie, while Ben Stock, whose credits include West End performances of Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play Coward. Musical direction is by the acclaimed Steven Edis and live piano accompaniment is provided by Johnathan Lee.
The musical, from Matthew Townshend Productions, showcases more than 20 songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit.
February 12, 2017