Jonathan Roxmouth and Taryn Sudding will bring a touch of classic showbiz class to Theatre On The Bay when they adopt the personas of Noël Coward and his stage partner Gertrude Lawrence in the musical revue ‘Noel & Gertie’, which will show at the venue from February 19 to March 9.
This witty and moving show, affectionately crafted from diaries and letters between Coward and Lawrence, tells the story of the professional and personal relationship between two of the last century’s greatest stage personalities. Although they only appeared in two productions together, ‘Private Lives’ and ‘Tonight at 8.30’, Coward and Lawrence epitomised an era of high style and elegance.
The show is devised by Sheridan Morley (Coward’s godson and biographer) and is a light and sparkling collection of play extracts, snippets from personal diaries and correspondence and, of course, those wonderful songs which made Noel and Gertie the darlings of the West End and Broadway. There’s the poignant ‘I’ll see you again’ and the theatrical classic ode to a Theatre Mother ‘Mrs Worthington’. Scenes from plays include ‘Private Lives’, and ‘Blythe Spirit’ amongst others, and the revue spans nearly 40 years of their creative and enduring friendship.
Directed by the award-winning Alan Swerdlow (‘Mousetrap’, ‘39 Steps’, ‘Good Evening’, ‘Ying Tong’, ‘The History Boys’), ‘Noel & Gertie’ promises to be an evening of classy fun and entertainment by two of South Africa’s leading musical theatre talents.
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