Playful and Sonia Friedman Productions: Hay Fever at the Noel Coward Theatre from 10 Feb 2012

Hay Fever, which is Noël Coward’s classic comedy of bad manners will open at The Noel Coward Theatre from 10 Feb 2012 to 2 June 2012. The play is directed by Howard Davies, produced by Playful Productions and Sonia Friedman Productions.

For the first time since its renaming and refurbishment, one of Noël Coward’s most well known plays will be performed at the Noël Coward Theatre. Howard Davies is to direct Lindsay Duncan in Coward’s Hay Fever, reuniting the director and actor who together received seven major international theatre awards for their 2001 collaboration on Coward’s Private Lives. Duncan is joined by Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally and Olivia Coleman in Coward’s sublime comedy of bad manners.

Cast includes: Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Olivia Colman.

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Million Dollar Quartet – Early Closure

Million Dollar Quartet has posted early closing notices for 14 Jan 2012, at the Noel Coward Theatre, London.

Million Dollar Quarter is a smash hit on Broadway and in Chicago, the Tony Award-winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET tells the electrifying story of the night ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, CARL PERKINS and JERRY LEE LEWIS came together to make music, and ended up making history.

Inspired by the actual event, that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, this ecstatic and engaging musical is a story of fame, friendship, discovery, divided loyalties, professional jealousy and incredible music as four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, made music together for the first and only time in their careers.

The legendary meeting was masterminded by Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records’ fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording Blue Suede Shoes, the fourth member of this impromptu ‘quartet’ was Phillips’ latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features over 20 classic hits from a golden era of music including: Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues, Fever, Memories Are Made Of This, That’s All Right, Down By The Riverside, Sixteen Tons, (There Will Be) Peace In The Valley, I Walk The Line, I Hear You Knocking, Great Balls Off Fire, Hound Dog, Riders In The Sky, See You Later Alligator and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.

Million Dollar Quartet Extends until 28-April-2012

Million Dollar Quartet has extended its booking period until 28 April 2012 at Noel Coward Theatre London.

A smash hit on Broadway and in Chicago, the Tony Award-winning MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET tells the electrifying story of the night ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, CARL PERKINS and JERRY LEE LEWIS came together to make music, and ended up making history.

Inspired by the actual event, that took place on 4 December 1956 at Sun Records in Memphis, this ecstatic and engaging musical is a story of fame, friendship, discovery, divided loyalties, professional jealousy and incredible music as four of the music industry’s most extraordinary talents, all in their creative prime, made music together for the first and only time in their careers.

The legendary meeting was masterminded by Sun Records’ founder Sam Phillips, who discovered all four of the musicians, and brought Elvis Presley (and his then girlfriend) back to the recording studio that launched him to stardom. Together with Sun Records’ fast-rising new superstar Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, who was still chasing his next big hit after writing and recording Blue Suede Shoes, the fourth member of this impromptu ‘quartet’ was Phillips’ latest signing, Jerry Lee Lewis.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET features over 20 classic hits from a golden era of music including: Blue Suede Shoes, Folsom Prison Blues, Fever, Memories Are Made Of This, That’s All Right, Down By The Riverside, Sixteen Tons, (There Will Be) Peace In The Valley, I Walk The Line, I Hear You Knocking, Great Balls Off Fire, Hound Dog, Riders In The Sky, See You Later Alligator and Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.

Sovremennik’s most famous Productions: Three Sisters

The performance centres around the revolving circle on the stage which represents the real world, full of pain and suffering. The bridge across it leads to a promised land and a different spiritual reality.

Three Sister’s is one of Sovremennik’s most famous productions. Director Galina Volchek has directed this great play three times, each time finding new answers to the most existential questions.

The paradoxical nature of the play is crucially important for the director, who sees today’s Three Sisters as a story of lost people, who are not capable of discovering themselves to the full, but who still want to change the world.

The Moscow-based Sovremennik Theatre is one of the giants of the Russian theatrical and artistic landscape. The company has toured extensively in Europe and America and were the first foreign company to win an American Drama Desk Award. Now the West End can experience Sovremennik’s stylish productions, with lavish, visually stunning scenery and costumes and performances honed on stages across the world.

Sovremennik’s strictly limited season at the Noël Coward Theatre, made possible with generous support from Roman Abramovich, features three plays over six days: Into the Whirlwind, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. This is the first time in over 20 years a major Russian theatre company has performed in the capital.

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

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Sovremennik Presents The Cherry Orchard

The characters of Cherry Orchard peer with dismay into the future, into the unknown. There will be progress, the cherry orchard will be cut down and in its place there will be something else erected. Then new people will come and demolish that which was built by their predecessors. What will happen next? The characters of Director Galina Volchek’s production know that there will be nothing next. It fills the play with suffering and feverish joy, which hides behind it, the hopeless tragedy.

The Moscow-based Sovremennik Theatre is one of the giants of the Russian theatrical and artistic landscape. The company has toured extensively in Europe and America and were the first foreign company to win an American Drama Desk Award. Now the West End can experience Sovremennik’s stylish productions, with lavish, visually stunning scenery and costumes and performances honed on stages across the world.

Sovremennik’s strictly limited season at the Noël Coward Theatre, made possible with generous support from Roman Abramovich, features three plays over six days: Into the Whirlwind, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. This is the first time in over 20 years a major Russian theatre company has performed in the capital.

Performed in Russian with English surtitles.

Blithe Spirit, Playing at Apollo 2 Mar 2011, Announces Cast Update

Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, produced by Theatre Royal Bath, is scheduled to open at the Apollo Theatre on 9 March 2011 (following previews from 2 March) booking until 18 June 2011.  Blithe Spirit is directed by Thea Sharrock and designed by Hildegard Bechtler with lighting by Mark Henderson.

Joining previously mentioned Alison Steadman who will be playing Madame Arcati are Hermione Norris who will play Ruth Condomine and Robert Bathurst who will play Charles Condomine.  An interesting story… Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by someone from the past when an eccentric medium (Madame Arcati) manages to conjure up the ghost of Elvira, Charles’ neurotic first wife.  Ruth and Charles assumed that Madame Arcati was just a fraud who would simply entertain them and their dinner guests with a ‘séance’ and at the same time supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel.  But Elvira appears, of course visible only to Charles, and is determined to sabotage his current marriage thereby causing life (and the afterlife) to get complicated.

Hermione Norris co-stars in ITV’s 2010 remake of 70’s classic ‘Bouquet of Barbed Wire’.  She recently played Ros Myers in the BBC series ‘Spooks’ and has also starred in ITV’s ‘Kingdom’, ‘Wire in the Blood’, ‘Lucky Jim’ and C4’s film ‘Falling Apart’.  She is still celebrated as the redoubtable Karen Marsden in ‘Cold Feet’.

Robert Bathurst made a professional stage debut in 1983 in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off.  In the 1980s, television roles included appearing in comedies such as ‘The Lenny Henry Show’ and the first episode of ‘Red Dwarf’.  His first major television role was in Steven Moffat’s semi-autobiographical BBC sitcom ‘Joking Apart’, after which he was cast in the ITV comedy drama ‘Cold Feet’ which ran for five series from 1998 to 2003.  After ‘Cold Feet’, Bathurst played a fictional prime minister in the BBC sitcom ‘My Dad’s the Prime Minister’, Mark Thatcher in the fact-based drama ‘Coup!’, and a man whose daughter goes missing in the ITV thriller ‘The Stepfather’.

Alison Steadman as Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit at Apollo Theatre

Blithe Spirit opened in 1941 when it played for over 2,000 performances. It has been one of the world’s favourite comedies ever since.

Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth are literally haunted by a past relationship when an eccentric medium manages to conjure up the ghost of Charles’s neurotic first wife, Elvira, at a seance.

They have assumed the preposterous Madame Arcati is a fraud who will simply entertain their dinner guests with a little chicanery and supply Charles with material for his forthcoming novel. But when Elvira appears, visible only to Charles, and is determined to sabotage his current marriage, life – and the afterlife – begin to get complicated.

Written by noel Coward, Blithe Spirit will star Alison Steadman as Madame Arcati.

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Enron at Noel Coward has been extended until 14 Aug 2010

Inspired by real-life events and using music, dance and video, ENRON has extened its current run at Noël Coward Theatre St Martins Lane, London until 14th of August 2010.

“The only difference between me and the people judging me is they weren’t smart enough to do what we did.”

One of the most infamous scandals in financial history becomes a theatrical epic. Mixing classical tragedy with savage comedy, it follows a group of flawed men and women in a narrative of greed and loss which reviews the tumultuous 1990s and casts a new light on the financial turmoil in which the world finds itself in 2009.

Inspired by real life and using music, movement and video, ENRON is directed by Headlong Theatre’s Artistic Director Rupert Goold in his Royal Court directorial debut. His recent credits include the award-winning Macbeth and Six Characters in Search of an Author and King Lear, No Man’s Land and Oliver!

Lucy Prebble won the George Devine Award and the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright for her debut play The Sugar Syndrome at the Royal Court in 2004.

Book Tickets for Enron at Noel Coward Theatre!