Noèel Coward is the definitive playwright of the early 20th century, contributing a robust repertoire of brilliant material. Playwright, actor, composer, and irrepressible socialite, Coward charmed high society in both London and New York during his heyday, and his work continues to charm audiences today with its urbane wit, sly humor and distinctive style.
Special features: Disc 1: Hay fever (radio play, 1992), starring Judi Dench, Michael Williams, Geoffrey Palmer, Patricia Hayes (87 min.); Omnibus: Noèel Coward: playwright (1969), interview by Patrick Garland (46 min.) ; Disc 2: Private lives (radio play, 1995), starring Stephen Fry, Louise Lombard, Simon Ward, Imogen Stubbs (90 min.); Post mortem (radio play, 1976), starring Christopher Cazenove, Derek Fowlds; Noèel Coward on acting (1966): an interview with Coward (49 min.); The songwriters: Noèel Coward (1978): performances of Noèel Coward songs (49 min.) ; Disc 3: Design for living (radio play, 1991), starring Cheryl Campbell, Alex Jennings, Michael Kitchen (120 min.) ; Disc 5: Blithe spirit (radio play, 1983), starring Paul Eddington, Anna Massey, Peggy Mount, Richard Pearson (86 min.); Noèel Coward's opening night speech for "Blithe spirit" in Manchester (audio recording, 1941, 4 min.).
DVD, region 1, full screen (4:3) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo., Dolby Digital mono., DVD-9, NTSC.
Disc 1. The vortex (1969) / produced by Graeme McDonald ; directed by Philip Dudley (70 min.) -- Hay fever (1984) / produced by Cedric Messina ; directed by Cecilia Brereton (91 min.). Disc 2. Private lives (1976) / produced by Cedric Messina ; directed by John Gorrie (92 min.). Disc 3. Design for living (1979) / produced by Louis Marks ; directed by Philip Saville (101 min.) -- Mrs. Capper's birthday (1985) / produced by Alan Shallcross ; directed by Mike Ockrent (58 min.) -- What mad pursuit produced by Alan Shallcross ; directed by Tony Smith (55 min.). Disc 4. Tonight at 8:30 (Hands across the sea ; Red peppers ; The astonished heart ; Family album ; Fumed oak ; Ways and means ; Still life ; Shadow play) (1991) / produced by Bryan Izzard ; directed by Paul Annett, Sydney Lotterby, John Glenister (28 min. each). Disc 5. Present laughter (1981) / produced by Keith Williams ; directed by Rick Gardner, Alan Strachan (147 min.) -- Star quality produced by Alan Shallcross ; directed by Alan Dossor (76 min.). Disc 6. Me and the girls produced by Alan Shallcross ; directed by Jack Gold (53 min.) -- Bon voyage produced by Alan Shallcross ; directed by Mike Vardy Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill produced by Alan Shallcross ; directed by Gavin Millar. Disc 7. Suite in two keys: Come into the garden Maud (1982) / produced by Rosemary Hill ; directed by Cedric Messina (60 min.) -- A song at twilight (83 min.)
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