A Christmas Carol

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Academy award-winner Jim Broadbent stars as the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in Phelim McDermott's new interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic novella, A Christmas Carol.  Opening at the Noel Coward Theatre, this festive spectacular follows Scrooge as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. On this journey through time, revisiting the characters of his past, he must confront his greed and change his ways to learn the magic of Christmas spirit. Patrick Barlow of The 39 Steps has written what will undoubtedly be a charming adaptation of Dickens’ classic. 50p from every ticket to this timeless show will be donated to St-Martin-In-The-Field Christmas Appeal.
Booking until 30 January 2016
Running Time: TBC

Mrs Henderson Presents

Mrs Henderson Presents
Following a hugely successful season at the Theatre Royal Bath, the new musical adaptation of Martin Sherman’s popular 2005 film Mrs Henderson Presents is set to open at the Noel Coward Theatre from February until June 2016.

Featuring a book and direction by Terry JohnsonMrs Henderson Presents tells the story of Laura Henderson, an eccentric widow who runs a risqué revue at London Soho’s Windmill Theatre during the Second World War. Tracie Bennett stars Mrs Henderson alongside Emma Williams as Maureen and Ian Bartholomew as Vivian Van Damm.
Booking from 9 February 2016 until 18 June 2016

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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 Full Monty opened for a brief period in February 2014, shortly followed by Hampstead Theatre transfer, Good People starring Imelda Staunton.

Shakespeare in Love made its world debut at the Noel Coward in June 2014, closing in 2015. The show was followed by a transfer of the RSC's Death of a Salesman and a production of magic show Impossible!

The end of 2015 see's productions of Photograph 51, starring Nicole Kidman, and A Christmas Carol, starring Jim Broadbent.

Past Shows

Photograph 51
(closed 21 Nov 2015)
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(closed 29 Aug 2015)
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Death of a Salesman
(closed 18 Jul 2015)

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Shakespeare In Love
(closed 18 Apr 2015)
Good People
(closed 14 Jun 2014)
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The Full Monty
(closed 14 Jun 2014)

Henry V
Henry V
(closed 15 Feb 2014)
A Midsummer Nights Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream
(closed 13 Nov 2013)
The Cripple of Inishmaan
The Cripple of Inishmaan
(closed 31 Aug 2013)

Peter and Alice
Peter and Alice
(closed 1 Jun 2013)
Privates on Parade
Privates On Parade
(closed 2 Mar 2013)
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Julius Caesar
(closed 15 Sep 2012)