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Noel Coward: "The Master" as actor, playwright and painter

Lecturer: Frances Hughes

Noel Coward (1899-1973), wrote over fifty plays, many short stories, some novels, hundreds of songs (both music and lyrics) and was an excellent witty, and sometimes moving, minor poet.  He acted on the professional stage from the age of ten.

As a leisure activity he painted, first in watercolour, and then, on the advice of Sir Winston Churchill, in oils and, later, gouache.  He painted in England and Switzerland but his best and most vital work was done in Jamaica.

In this talk we shall trace Coward’s stage and film career but also look at a number of his paintings.  His friend and secretary, Cole Lesley, said “The countless hours Noel spent at the easel were amongst the most happy and carefree of his life”.

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