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Noel & Gertie comes to Tunbridge Wells!

Noel & Gertie comes to Tunbridge Wells! Click to enlarge

08 Mar 2017

Noël & Gertie is a love story devised by Sheridan Morley from the letters and diaries of two of the best-loved performers of the Twentieth century; Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.

With songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit , this beautifully set and immaculately executed production takes a perfectly-orchestrated trip down memory lane.

 

“I love criticism just so long as it’s unqualified praise,” Noel Coward once said.

Lucky then that the reviews for MTP’s new production of Noel & Gertie, based on the playwright’s 54-year friendship with Gertrude Lawrence, have been written with admiration, acclaim and applause.

The love story, devised by Sheridan Morley from the couple’s letters and diaries, is told with all ‘the Master’s’ flair and wit. A showcase of the affectionate, complex and tempestuous relationship of two of the best-loved performers of the Twentieth century.

 

This is a telegram exchange between Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence sent in 1930:

 

  • Gertie: Play opens tomorrow. Bring a friend. If you have one.
  • Noël: Cannot make opening night. Will come second night. If you have one.

 

Noel & Gertie is a warm and witty musical comedy based on the legendary friendship and professional collaboration of actor, playwright and songwriter Noel and the alluring and charismatic actress Gertie.

A major revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years, it is affectionately crafted from diaries and letters between a pair who epitomised an era of sophistication and elegance.

Featuring songs, sketches and snippets of scenes the production has the entrancing effect of accurately portraying the relationship of this extraordinary duo, inseparable until Gertrude’s premature death of cancer, which left a large void in ‘the Master’s’ life.

Matthew Townshend’s production company MTP is the creative drive behind this version of the hit show which was first seen in 1985.

His production featured as part of Frinton Summer Theatre’s 2014 75th Anniversary season and met with rave reviews.

With minute attention to detail, it takes a perfectly-orchestrated trip down memory lane and features scenes from Private Lives , tonight at 8.30 (including ‘Red Peppers ’ and ‘Still Life ’) and Blithe Spirit.

These are offset with many of the best-loved songs: Mrs. Worthington, Dance Little Lady, Sail Away and, of course, I’ll See You Again .

Intimate and fascinating, Noel & Gertie is set to entrance its audience with every smirk, every sharp rejoinder and every subtly raised eyebrow.

 

Whether you’re a fan of Noel Coward’s wit, Gertrude Lawrence’s grace or the feel of the whole era that this play evokes, MTP have told a wonderful story through highlights of the wondrous duo’s incredible lives.

 

Noel & Gertie is here Fri 10 Mar • 7.30pm • Tickets available online or by calling our Box Office: 01892 678 678

 

 
 
 

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