Noël Coward was the personification of English wit, sophistication and cool. He was also a nearly unparalleled renaissance man (something that’s becoming increasingly rare in this age of micro-specialization) as a playwright, actor, composer, writer, painter, singer and cabaret performer. His was a life of constant creativity combined with a prodigious work ethic where the sweat from all that labor never peeked through his sober and refined exterior. The result was a massive body of classic works, particularly in the theatrical realm. This new BBC set compiles TV productions of many of his finest plays, including Private Lives, Hay Fever, and A Song at Twilight, as well as dramatizations of a smattering his short stories, interviews, and performances of sterling Coward songs. It’s an indispensable and essential set for any fan of British theatre and culture or those with a fine sense of wit.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.