A musical comedy based on the “real life love story” of playwright and songwriter Noel Coward and actress Gertrude Lawrence is set to wow audiences at the Swindon Arts Centre.
The production – Noel & Gertie – is a revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years and has been crafted from diaries and letters between the pair. 2017 is the tenth anniversary of Morley’s death and so the play is being revived as a celebration of his life.
It is set to run at the Swindon Arts Centre on Thursday, 9th March.
Matthew Townshend, the director and producer, said: “This play encapsulates a real-life love story and the complex relationship between an extraordinary duo who were inseparable until Gertrude’s premature death from cancer.
“It epitomizes an era of sophistication and elegance and features songs, sketches and snippets of scenes from some of Coward’s most famous work.
“It also has a superb cast. It’s a show not to miss.”
Helen Power, who has previously appeared in Sunset Boulevard on the West End and appeared in the BBC Drama Capturing Mary will play Gertie, while Ben Stock, whose credits include West End performances of Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play Coward. Musical direction is by the acclaimed Steven Edis and live piano accompaniment is provided by Johnathan Lee.
The musical, from Matthew Townshend Productions, showcases more than 20 songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit and is set to be a sell-out success.
It has already met with rave reviews after being featured as part of Frinton Summer Theatre’s 2014 75th Anniversary season and over the next two months the production will tour the UK with 26 venues lined up.