Throughout his life, Noel Coward the master songwriter, 'derived a considerable amount of private pleasure from writing verse.' Much of it is gathered in this first ever CD collection. From moving war-time encounters to satirical barbs at familiar Coward targets and personal reminiscences, this delightful collection is a perfect blend of vintage Noel Coward sure to be enjoyed by faithful fans and new listeners alike.
The collection includes two short stories, Cheap Excursion and The Kindness of Mrs. Radcliffe, and various poems. And from the Caedmon Treasury Sir Noel Coward himself and Margaret Leighton perform Coward's adaptation of his Brief Encounter, scenes from Blithe Spirit and Present Laughter, the interlude from Bernard Shaw's The Apple Cart, concluding with the duo reading more from Coward's Collected Verse.
Performed by Simon Jones
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Noel Coward was born in 1899 in Teddington, Middlesex. He made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Fallen Angels (1925), Hay Fever (1925), Private Lives (1933), Design for Living (1933), and Blithe Spirit (1941). During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). In the fifties he started a new career as a cabaret entertainer. He published volumes of verse and a novel, Pomp and Circumstance (1960), two volumes of autobiography, and four volumes of short stories: To Step Aside (1939), Star Quality (1951), Pretty Polly Barlow (1964), and Bon Voyage (l967). Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.
Simon Jones has been featured in nine Broadway productions, was Bridey in PBS's Brideshead Revisited, and the voice of Arthur Dent in the acclaimed Hitchhiker's Guide series.From AudioFile:
In these Caedmon archival recordings of Coward's work, Noel Coward and Margaret Leighton perform poems, monologues, and scenes from plays (two discs). Simon Jones reads two stories and several poems (three discs). Not surprisingly, Jones, though a fine reader, is outshone by Coward and Leighton; larger-than-life yet capable of ultrafine detail and coloring, they are, at times, marvelous. Jones's only advantage is that his selections are complete; the archival dramatic pieces, while interesting demonstrations of acting, remain fragments unless one knows the plays, except for BRIEF ENCOUNTERS, which, oddly, is the weakest selection. Still, the two halves of this program succeed in portraying Coward as writer and actor, and that's a gift. W.M. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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