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The name Noel Coward conjures images of theatrics, audiences in rapturous laughter, and timeless and catchy musical numbers. He is regarded as one of the greatest multitalented artists of his age and his legacy can still be felt today.
Yet there is more to Coward than his artistic works. A complex and radical figure, he also experienced a hair-raising wartime career working with the British Secret Service.
In conversation with playwright Marcy Kahan, Oliver Soden explores how this famous Chelsea resident rose from humble working-class origins to become the most highly paid author in the world.
Access to the Gallery is via a narrow flight of stairs. Unfortunately, the room is not wheelchair accessible.
Oliver Soden is a writer and broadcaster. He is the critically acclaimed author of Jeoffry: The Poet’s Cat (2020) and Michael Tippett (2019), which won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Storytelling. His work has appeared in the Guardian, Spectator, London Review of Books, and TLS.
Marcy Kahan is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her work includes the BBC screenplay Antonia & Jane; a stage version of Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally (Theatre Royal, Haymarket); and the R4 romantic comedy series Lunch. Her BBC R4 Noel Coward Quintet is available via Audible.