Noel Coward

Date of Death: March 26, 1973 (73)

Birth Place: Teddington, ENGLAND

Get Noel Coward Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Noel Coward BIO

Noel was an English playwright, composer, actor, producer and director. His plays include The Vortex (1924), Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1930), Blithe Spirit (1941), Present Laughter (1943) and This Happy Breed (1943). He produced, wrote, starred in and co-directed (with David Lean) the Academy Award-winning film In Which We Serve (1942) as well as writing the screenplay for one of the most beloved British films of all time, Brief Encounter (1945). He wrote many songs now considered classics, including "Mad About the Boy", "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "I’ll See You Again" and "20th Century Blues" and in 1955 performed a sell-out cabaret season in Las Vegas. His musicals include Bitter Sweet (1929) and Sail Away (1961). As an actor he enjoyed memorable roles onstage in many of his plays as well as on film playing Hawthorne in Our Man In Havana (1959) and Mr Bridger in The Italian Job (1969). He was knighted in 1970.

Noel Coward STAGE CREDITS

[Broadway]
1958
Garry Essendine

[Broadway]
1957
Sebastien

[Broadway]
1933
Leo

[Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1931
Elyot Chase

[Broadway]
Broadway Production, 1928
Performer

[Broadway]
1925
Nicky Lancaster

Noel Coward Productions

 
[West End, 2023]
Writer
 
[West End, 1964]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1964]
Director
 
[West End, 1962]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1961]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1958]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1957]
Director
 
[West End, 1950]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1939]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1935]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1934]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1933]
Director
Producer
 
[Broadway, 1931]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1929]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1925]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1925]
Director

Writing

Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Playwright
Source Material
Source Material
Playwright
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Lyricist
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Playwright
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Composer
Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Source Material
Composer/Lyricist
Conceiver
Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter
Bookwriter
Composer/Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Composer
Composer
Text
Lyricist
Music
Composer/Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Playwright
Composer
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Composer
Bookwriter
Lyricist
Sketches/Composer/Lyricist
Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Bookwriter
Composer
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Composer
Bookwriter
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist
Sketches/Composer/Lyricist
Lyricist
Composer

Noel Coward Movies

[1927]Forbidden Love writer

[1928]The Vortex writer

[1933]Bitter Sweet lyrics and music - as Noel Coward

[1933]Design for Living writer

[1933]Cavalcade writer

[1933]Tonight Is Ours writer

[1936]The Terrible Lovers writer

[1942]We Were Dancing writer

[1944]This Happy Breed writer

[1945]Brief Encounter writer

[1945]Blithe Spirit writer

[1959]Our Man in Havana Hawthorne

[1965]Bunny Lake Is Missing Horacio Wilson

[1967]A Matter of Innocence writer

[1968]Boom! The Witch of Capri

[1968]Interlude writer

[1969]The Italian Job Mr. Bridger

[1987]Sidste akt writer

[2000]Relative Values writer

[2008]Easy Virtue writer

[2021]Hay Fever writer

Noel Coward Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1964 - Best Musical

Noel Coward, The Girl Who Came to Supper

Noel Coward Videos

Noel Coward News


Photos: GUYS AND DOLLS, DEAR ENGLAND, and More Take Home The Casting Directors' Guild Casting Awards; Full List!

The Casting Directors’ Guild has announced the winners for the 2024 CDG Casting Awards. Check out the full list of winners here, as well as photos from the night!

Tom Byrne to Star in THE 39 STEPS UK Tour

Tom Byrne will play Richard Hannay in the UK Tour of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning comedy, THE 39 STEPS. Learn more about where the production is touring, and see how to purchase tickets.

Tom Byrne, Safeena Ladha, Eugene McCoy, and Maddie Rice Join the Cast of THE 39 STEPS UK Tour

Tom Byrne will play Richard Hannay in the UK Tour of the Tony and Olivier Award-winning comedy, THE 39 STEPS, with Safeena Ladha as Annabella Schmidt / Pamela / Margaret, Eugene McCoy as Clown 1 and Maddie Rice as Clown 2. Learn more about the production here!

MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION to be Presented as Part of Gingold Theatrical Group's PROJECT SHAW

Mrs. Warren’s Profession by George Bernard Shaw will kick-off Gingold Theatrical Group's 19th season of Project Shaw.

Charlotte Wakefield, Jamie Muscato & More to Star in SPRING AWAKENING 15th Anniversary Reunion Concert in the UK

Initial cast members have been revealed for the 15th Anniversary concert of the original West End production of Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s Tony, Olivier and Grammy award-winning musical SPRING AWAKENING.

Sierra Boggess and Josh Grisetti to Star in INUNDATED Developmental Readings

The York Theatre Company will present developmental readings of InunDATED, A New Musical. See who is starring, and learn more about the production here.

Godfrey Johnson Sings Jacques Brel and Noel Coward This Month at Milnerton Playhouse

Godfrey Johnson will be celebrating an evening of two of his greatest inspirations: Jacque Brel and Noel Coward at the Milnerton Playhouse this month. GODFREY JOHNSON sings Jacques Brel and Noel Coward  will be performed on Friday 16 February for one show only.

Review: THE CHILDREN at Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre

A well-crafted production directed by Corey McMahon

OPERATION MINCEMEAT: A NEW MUSICAL Extends in the West End

Operation Mincemeat: A New Musical has extended its West End run for the eighth time through 16th November 2024. Operation Mincemeatfollows thirty-three hugely successful years of The Woman In Black at the Fortune Theatre.

Cast Set For PLAYING SHAKESPEARE WITH DEUTSCHE BANK: ROMEO AND JULIET

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the cast of this year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production, Romeo and Juliet.

ITV, TikTok, and More Join as Partners For the 2024 Olivier Awards 2024 With Mastercard

Partners for the Olivier Awards 2024 with Mastercard, the most prestigious night in British theatre, have been announced. The star-studded ceremony takes place on Sunday 14 April at London's Royal Albert Hall. Partnerships include entertainment, production and award category sponsors. 

OVO Unveil The Line Up For Their 10th Roman Theatre Festival 

OVO’s Roman Theatre, the oldest producing theatre in the UK, will celebrate the tenth edition of its annual open-air summer festival with an incredible line-up of theatre and music. Renowned for its bold and imaginative spins on classic plays and stories, this landmark year will present brand-new adaptions of English classics as well as the return of some iconic audience favourites from OVO and visiting companies. 

Noel Coward's PRESENT LAUGHTER Comes to Beverly Theatre Guild

The Beverly Theatre Guild has announced its upcoming play Present Laughter, a comedy by famed English playwright Noël Coward.

Michael Stuhlbarg Will Return to Broadway in Peter Morgan's PATRIOTS

Award-winning theatre, film, and television actor Michael Stuhlbarg will return to Broadway for the first time in almost 20 years to star in Patriots, the Almeida Theatre production of the timely new play by Peter Morgan. Learn more about the play here!

Full Cast Set For THE ADDAMS FAMILY in London, Starring Ramin Karimloo and Michelle Visage

The full cast has been announced for THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A Musical Comedy at the London Palladium on 12 & 13 February. Find out who is joining the previously announced  Michelle Visage as Morticia Addams, Ramin Karimloo as Gomez Addams and Lesley Joseph as Grandma!

Full Cast Set For THE FULLY MONTY At Theatre Royal, Glasgow

Full casting has been announced for the UK Tour of Simon Beaufoy's THE FULL MONTY, arriving at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow from 20-24 February 2024.  

LOVE LETTERS Comes to The Monument Arts & Cultural Center

Continue the spirit of Valentine's Day as the Monument Arts & Cultural Center (MACCenter) presents, A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS with Hollywood's beloved British-American couple, Juliet Mills and Maxwell Caulfield, February 17th & 18th.

Photos: First Look at the UK Tour of 2:22 - A GHOST STORY

All new production images have been released from the UK tour of Danny Robins’ thriller 2:22 - A Ghost Story. Check out the photos here!

Sarah Rice, Original 'Johanna' in SWEENEY TODD, Has Passed Away

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that Sarah Rice, best known for originating the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd, passed away from cancer on Saturday, January 6th. 

Jill Paice, John Hillner & More to Star in Industry Readings of BRILLIANCE, Based on the life of Frances Farmer

Musical Brilliance, LLC, will present private industry readings (by invitation only) of Brilliance, a musical based on the life of Frances Farmer, with book by Lance Lewman, music and lyrics by Lance Lewman & Kristan King, and additional music by Gabriel Kane.

Noel Coward FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Noel Coward has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Noel Coward has not appeared in the West End

Noel Coward has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. He was nominated for Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for his work on "High Spirits." He was also nominated for Best Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Girl Who Came to Supper." In addition, Coward received a nomination for Best Foreign Play at the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for his play "Blithe Spirit."

Noel Coward has won the Best Foreign Play award from the New York Drama Critics Circle Awards for his play "Blithe Spirit".

Noel Coward has written 50 shows including London Calling (Composer/Lyricist), André Charlot's Revue of 1924 (Composer), On With the Dance (Composer/Lyricist), The Vortex (Playwright), Hay Fever (Playwright), Charlot Revue (Composer), Easy Virtue (Playwright), This Was a Man (Playwright), The Marquise (Playwright), Fallen Angels (Playwright), This Year of Grace (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Murray Anderson's Almanac (Bookwriter), Bitter Sweet (Bookwriter), Private Lives (Playwright), Cochran's 1931 Revue (Composer/Lyricist), Ziegfeld Follies of 1931 (Composer), Cavalcade (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), The Young Idea (Playwright), Words and Music (Sketches/Composer/Lyricist), Conversation Piece (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Point Valaine (Playwright), Tonight at 8:30 (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Operette (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Set to Music (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Sigh No More (Sketches/Composer/Lyricist), Pacific 1860 (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Ace of Clubs (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), After the Ball (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Quadrille (Playwright), Nude With Violin (Playwright), Look After Lulu (Playwright), Sail Away (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), The Girl Who Came to Supper (Composer/Lyricist), High Spirits (Source Material), Noel Coward's Sweet Potato (Composer/Lyricist), Cowardy Custard (Composer/Lyricist), Hay Fever (Playwright), Noel (Composer/Lyricist), Oh Coward! (Composer/Lyricist), Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (Composer), If Love Were All (Composer/Lyricist), Waiting in the Wings (Playwright), A Suite in Two Keys (Playwright), Design For Living (Playwright), Elaine Stritch At Liberty (Composer), A Marvelous Party (Composer/Lyricist), Blithe Spirit (Playwright), Brief Encounter (Playwright), Volcano (Playwright), The Rat Trap (Playwright).

Get Noel Coward Email Alerts

Be the first to get news, photos, videos & more.

Videos