Private Lives of Noël & Gertie celebrated in Sheridan Morley musical revival

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.

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