Noel Coward Theatre

St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4AU

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Good People

Booking until 14 June 2014

Following a sell-out run at Hampstead Theatre, the darkly comic Good People transfers to the Noël Coward Theatre for a limited 10 week run.
In South Boston you’re starting on the wrong side of the tracks, so just making ends meet will require all the energy you can muster. And when sharp-tongued single-mother Margie loses her job she’ll do anything it takes to pay the bills. Hearing that an old boyfriend who has made good is in town, she decides to corner him with stunning consequences. David Lindsay-Abaire’s funny, tender and provactive drama explores how even if you live on the brink, destiny always has a way of surprising you.

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Box Office

Discounts

Face Value Description Phone
£15.00 Third Price Tickets 0844 482 5141
Face Value Price Description
£15.00 £12.00save 20% Third Price TicketsValid all performances from 10 to 25 April 2014. Book between 10 and 15 April 2014

Shakespeare In Love

Booking from 2 July 2014 until 25 October 2014

Creator of the onstage Billy Elliot, Lee Hall, turns his hand to adapting another movie classic; Shakespeare in Love.  Now Tom Stoppard and Marc Noman’s text is brought to the stage at London’s Noel Coward Theatre, directed by Check by Jowl’s Declan Donnellan. Prepare to be transported back in time to a vibrant, vivid tableau of Shakespeare’s London.

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Box Office Contacts

Box Office:
0844 482 5141
Access Booking:
0844 482 5137
Group Booking:
0844 482 5100
Stage Door:
020 7759 8010

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History

Formerly known as the Albery Theatre, the Noël Coward Theatre opened in 1903 with a production of Rosemary, starring actor Chales Wyndham and his wife, Mary More.

The theatres first three decades saw many dramatic texts performed at the theatre, including the premier of Noël Coward’s first play, I’ll Leave It To You (1920). Acting great John Gielgud performed in many plays at the venue, including Richard of Bordeaux (1933), Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. The theatre was largely considered to be the venue that best showcased Gielgud’s career.

During the World War II period (1939-45) many theatres were damaged by bomb blasts from the Blitz and were forced to close. Luckily the Noël Coward was safe, however it did act as a refuge for both the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells theatre companies, whose own venues were damaged.

Post war, the theatre continued to produce plays rather than musicals up until 1960 when Lionel Bart’s premiered Oliver! at the theatre. Olivier!, a retelling of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist was one of the most successful musicals of the 20th century and ran at the Noël Coward for 2,618 performances. The show has been revived on numerous occasions both on the West End and Broadway.

In the 1970s both The National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company presented well received seasons at the venue. The National’s season largely starred Laurence Olivier and Judi Dench performed for the RSC.

In the 1980’s the theatre saw continued success as Children of a Lesser God, which debuted at the Noel Coward in 1981, won a much coveted Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play.

The 1990’s saw a number of Almedia transfers, including Phèdre, Vassa, Britannicus and Plenty. The 21st century began by towing the expected play text line, with productions such as Endgame (2004) a RSC season of plays and Blackbird (2006) until Avenue Q came along in 2006, running at the theatre for almost 3 years.

Since Avenue Q, the theatre has presented a mixture of plays and musicals, with Calendar Girls (2009), Million Dollar Quartet (2011) and Hay Fever (2012).

The theatre has been taken over by a season of five plays by the Michael Grandage Company, running from December 2012 to February 2014. The season includes Privates on Parade, Peter and Alice starring Judi Dench, The Cripple of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream starring David Walliams and Sheridan Smith and finally, Henry V starring Jude Law.

The theatre will be the home to The Full Monty in 2014.

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