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NEWS: UK tour & West End run announced for Blithe Spirit starring Jennifer Saunders

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Noël Coward’s classic comedy Blithe Spirit, directed by Richard Eyre and starring Jennifer Saunders, will return next year for a UK tour followed by a strictly limited six-week engagement at the West End’s Duke of York’s Theatre following a celebrated reception at the Theatre Royal Bath earlier this summer.

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‘Superb production of Coward’s self-revealing comedy’: PRESENT LAUGHTER – The Old Vic ★★★★

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First of all let’s say that Andrew Scott is a marvel in Present Laughter, a 21st century Ur-Coward hero, who manages to do it without either the matey crassness lately inflicted on the part by Rufus Hound, or that retro, clipped Cowardspeak which echoes the Master too much.

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‘Exuberantly funny, elegant & sharp’: PRIVATE LIVES – Ipswich ★★★★

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Exuberantly funny, elegant as a Deauville hotel balcony and sharp as the crack of a 78rpm record over a lover’s head, Joanna Carrick’s witty miniaturised production does Noel Coward’s sparkiest comedy full justice. I say miniature – it’s full length – only because of the venue: the tiny but vigorous home of Red Rose Chain.

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NEWS: Andrew Scott will star in Matthew Warchus’ production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter at The Old Vic

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The Old Vic today has announced that Matthew Warchus will direct Andrew Scott in Noёl Coward’s provocative comedy Present Laughter, opening on 25 June 2019, with previews from 17 June. The cast also includes Luke Thallon, Sophie Thompson, Suzie Toase and Indira Varma.

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‘From the 1930s to the Netflix generation comes a prototype binge-watch’: TONIGHT AT 8.30 – Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★

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One of the pleasures for an amateur Cowardologist is spotting echoes and pre-echoes of other plays; and, not least, marvelling at the Master’s particular gift for sending up situations in one play which he takes with painful seriousness in another.