All-star lineup celebrate Noël Coward’s West End centenary

Judi Dench joins cast of A Marvellous Party to mark Coward’s 1920 playwriting debut and raise money for performers’ charities, while Emma Thompson features in Zoom reading of Private Lives

The 100th anniversary of Noël Coward’s West End debut is to be celebrated by an all-star cast online. Judi Dench, Stephen Fry, Cush Jumbo, Emma Thompson and Giles Terera are among those who are performing speeches and songs by the British playwright for A Marvellous Party on 20 September. Actors have either self-recorded their performances at home or have been filmed on location with Covid-19 safety measures in place.

Coward made his West End debut as a playwright in the summer of 1920 with I’ll Leave It to You, in which he also appeared. Several of the actors featured in the celebration have won acclaim for their portrayals of Coward’s characters, including Indira Varma, who starred in Present Laughter at the Old Vic in 2019.

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