St Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4AU
Booking from 15 January 2014 until 12 February 2014
The final production in Michael Grandage’s season of five plays at the Noel Coward theatre will see him continue his collaboration with British superstar, Jude Law. The play will be Grandage’s second Shakespeare of the season; following on from the cheeky romp that is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry V will provide a stark contrast as the King of England prepares to do what is right for his nation in times of crisis, bloodshed and war.
Booking from 27 February 2014 until 14 June 2014
Hot off the naked backside of a successful UK tour The Full Monty takes up residence in the Noel Coward Theatre. The story is about six unemployed steelworkers from Sheffield with nothing to lose except their clothes. The men band together to become an unlikely strip troupe who plan to perform a saucy show in order to raise enough money to help them overcome their financial hardship. Adapted from the 1997 hit film of the same name, The Full Monty Musical will feature iconic songs such as Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing.”
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The Noel Coward Theatre box office is located within the theatre building and is open from 10am – 7.45pm Monday to Saturday.
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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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