Time Travel Theatre: Celebrating Noel Coward’s 120th anniversary- and you’re invited to his 70th birthday!

In celebration of the 120th anniversary of his birthday, let’s remind ourselves of the author, actor and leading light of the English twentieth century stage, Sir Noel Coward (1899-1973).

The above footage was filmed on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 1969, exactly 50 years ago today. Anyone who was anyone in the theatre world paid homage to “The Master” at a gala reception at London’s Savoy Hotel. Sadly the footage has no sound as it was shot for British Pathé News who put a voice-over commentary over the sequences, as was their practice at the time.

So grab some canapes, crack open a bottle of bubbly/prosecco/Vimto/fizzy water, and let’s all celebrate Sir Noel Coward!

BONUS EXTRA

Here’s a clip of Noel Coward a few months later at the 1970 Tony Awards in New York being presented with an honorary Tony Award by the equally legendary Cary Grant.

With thanks to the original YouTube posters, British Pathé and MrPoochsmooch

2 Replies to “Time Travel Theatre: Celebrating Noel Coward’s 120th anniversary- and you’re invited to his 70th birthday!”

  1. That kind of class — Cary Grant AND Noel Coward! — seems to be an artifact of a time that seems long gone now.

    Funny to hear the orchestra play “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” as Grant’s music. Did they confuse him with Rex Harrison?

    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Kevin. Maybe they didn’t know what to play for Cary. I don’t remember hearing a specific piece of music attached to his awards appearances. Unless anyone else out there knows differently?

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