Mad About the Boy: The Noel Coward Story

Mad About the Boy: The Noel Coward Story
Date: 07/11/2023 Times: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Noël Coward was born in 1899 so lived through the first three quarters of the twentieth century and that is the background to this documentary by Barnaby Thompson. Coward grew up in poverty and left school when he was only nine years old. He was queer in a very straight world. And yet by the age of 30, he was the highest paid writer in the world, and a star on the Broadway stage. He wrote, directed and acted in some of the finest plays and movies of all time, including Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve. He also became a world renowned songwriter and performer of whom Frank Sinatra said, ‘if you want to hear how a song should be sung, go see Mr. Noël Coward.’ And if that wasn’t enough, he was also a spy during the Second World War! Against all odds, Noël Coward became the most successful multi-talented artist of the Twentieth Century. He defined an era and led an extraordinary life. And the Queen Mother plays a small but significant part in his life. This is his inspirational story told in his own words and music, and unique home movies.

Mad About the Boy: The Noel Coward Story

Year: 2023

Country: UK

Cert: 12A

Duration: 91 mins

Dir: Barnaby Thompson

'The Noël Coward story swooningly told'

Venue: William Loveless Hall