Escape to the Forest of Arden Sep 24th, 2014

Escape to the Forest of Arden

Stroll through the U.S. Botanic Garden with uninterrupted poetry. Each new passage correlates with a number on the map, but [...]

Prosecast: <em>Private Lives</em> Jun 13th, 2014

Prosecast: Private Lives

This episode invites you into the glamorous world of Private Lives as we discuss Noël Coward’s career, comedy and the [...]

Private Lives in Perspective Jun 3rd, 2014

Private Lives in Perspective

[Private Lives] remains for many people Noël’s most perfect play and it is currently the most revived play on Broadway—English or American.

An Experiment in Chemistry Jun 3rd, 2014

An Experiment in Chemistry

Over the course of Private Lives’ three acts the audience must experience a roller coaster relationship that veers between passionate love and ultimate abuse.

Potent Glamour – The Starry World of Private Lives Jun 3rd, 2014

Potent Glamour – The Starry World of Private Lives

In late 1929, Noël Coward set off for an extended trip to the Far East. Planning to meet his traveling companion in Tokyo, he settled into the Imperial Hotel for an early night and recalled that “the moment I switched out the light, Gertie appeared in a white Molyneux dress on a terrace in the South of France, and refused to go again until 4 a.m., by which time Private Lives, title and all had constructed itself.”

Coward’s Leading Lady Jun 3rd, 2014

Coward’s Leading Lady

“Although I never knew him, Coward has had a profound influence on my life,” Maria Aitken says, and it is easy at once to see why. With her patrician good looks and posh accent, as well as her droll, understatedly wicked theatre stories, she is the spitting image of the Noël Coward aesthetic.

Coward’s fascinating rhythms Jun 3rd, 2014

Coward’s fascinating rhythms

In June of 1921, Noël Coward made his first visit to New York City. Among the many things that impressed the then 22-year-old were Coney Island at night, Harlem’s cabarets, the writers and wits that lunched at the Algonquin Hotel, and theatrical impresario David Belasco’s purple silk dressing gown. The experience that had the most significant effect on the fledgling playwright, however, came on his first night in Manhattan: seeing a Broadway show.

Teen Critics reviews: <em>Henry IV, Part 1 & 2</em> Jun 3rd, 2014

Teen Critics reviews: Henry IV, Part 1 & 2

STC’s Teen Critic’s program provides District area high school students with a chance to refine their writing skills and critical eye. Below are excerpts from their reviews of Henry IV, Part 1 & 2.

Public Portrayal In Private Lives May 29th, 2014

Public Portrayal In Private Lives

The artist [Raoul Dufy] that was a direct influence for Allen Moyer’s scene design of Coward’s classic comedy isn’t one that would immediately come to mind. Nor is the school of art to which he belonged.

Paul Huntley’s wigs make the man May 19th, 2014

Paul Huntley’s wigs make the man

When floozy Doll Tearsheet, played by Maggie Kettering, enters a tavern scene in Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Henry IV, Part 2, your gaze is drawn to her crowning glory. Ringlets in extraordinary hues from rust to ruby cascade down her shoulders to perfectly cap her bawdy, worn attire. Learn more…