Noël & Gertie,Sheridan Morley’s musical comedy, based on the relationship between playwright and songwriter Noël Coward and actress Gertrude Lawrence, launches an extensive spring tour from London’s New Wimbledon Studio next week.
The production is a revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years and was crafted from diaries and letters between the pair.
2017 is the tenth anniversary of Morley’s death and the play is being revived as a celebration of his life.
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, in the West End, and appeared in the BBC Drama Capturing Mary, plays Gertie, while Ben Stock, whose credits include West End performances of Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play Coward.
The musical, from Matthew Townshend Productions, showcases more than 20 songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit.
2017 Tour Dates
February 27 – March 4, New Wimbledon Studio Theatre March 6-8, The Towngate Theatre, Basildon March 9, Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon March 10, Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells March 15, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock March 16, Theatre Royal, Dumfries March 17, Eastwood Park, Giffnock March 18, Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry March 19, Howden Park Centre, Livingston March 22, Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton March 24-25, The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe March 26, Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe March 28, The Orchard Theatre, Dartford March 29 March-April 1,Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne April 05, Tivoli Wimborne Theatre, Tivoli April 07, Brookside Theatre, Romford April 09, Richmond Theatre, London April 11-12, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds April 19-20, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough April 22, Majestic Theatre, Darlington April 26, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale April 27-28, Villa Gaiety, Douglas, Isle of Man April 30, The Roses Theatre, Tewksbury May 2, Palace Theatre, Mansfield May 3-4, Key Theatre, Peterborough May 5, New Theatre Royal, Lincoln May 10-13, Theatre Royal, Windsor.