Known for his wit, flamboyance and style, Noel Coward is one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century. His plays are set in the high society in which he lived, and many of his works have remained in the popular theatre repertoire to this day.
This BBC Radio collection brings together the very best of Coward's works on the radio, plus bonus material including interviews with Coward and those who knew him best.
With star-studded casts including Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Harriet Walter, Alex Jennings and Roger Allam, the collection will include:
Design for Living
Plus a profile of Noel Coward and extracts from his diaries.
Noël Coward was born in 1899, and was a professional actor by the age of ten. In 1920, he starred in his own play, I'll Leave it to You. His first major hit was The Vortex (1924) and his success continued throughout the Twenties and Thirties with plays including Hay Fever (1926), Private Lives (1930) and Design for Living (1932). During the Second World War, he wrote the patriotic screenplay In Which We Serve (1942), for which he won an Oscar; as well as scripting the classic film Brief Encounter (1944) and entertaining the nation with the black comedy Blithe Spirit (1941). After the war, Coward added a new string to his bow as a cabaret singer, as well as continuing to write musicals and plays. In all, Coward wrote 40 plays, 300 songs and numerous poems, short stories and films. He was knighted in 1970, and died in Jamaica in 1973.