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An Academy Salute to Noël Coward


Friday, April 16th at 7:30 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m.

An Academy Salute to Noël Coward

Rarely has a creative talent achieved so much, in so many different art forms, as Noël Coward. As part of the closing weekend festivities for the exhibition “Star Quality: The World of Noël Coward,” the Academy presents three evenings of film screenings, plus rare theatrical footage and a live performance.

Hosted by Stephen Fry

Featuring a live theatrical presentation of Noël Coward’s little-seen short plays “Design for Rehearsing” and “Age Cannot Wither,” followed by the screening of a restored print of the 1932/33 Best Picture winner “Cavalcade,” based on Coward’s stage play.

British actor, writer and Noël Coward Society vice president Stephen Fry will host an evening that includes the staging of two Coward theatrical rarities by the renowned radio theater group L.A. Theatre Works. The sketch “Design for Rehearsing” brings to life the rehearsal process Coward undertook with his friends Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt for the 1933 debut of “Design for Living.” The second piece is a fragment from Coward’s last, unfinished work, “Age Cannot Wither,” begun in 1967, about a reunion of three 60-ish school chums.

L.A. Theatre Works has brought award-winning contemporary and classic plays featuring all-star casts to audiences via live performance, public radio, Internet streaming, audiobooks and other formats for the past 25 years.

“Cavalcade” is based on Coward’s smash 1931 London theatrical production and follows a wealthy family as they experience key historical events in the first three decades of the 20th century, including the Titanic tragedy and WWI.

“CAVALCADE” (1933)
Directed by Frank Lloyd. Produced by Winfield Sheehan. Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, based on the play by Noël Coward. Fox Film Corp. 35mm. 110 minutes. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive and Twentieth Century Fox.

General Admission – $5
Academy members and students with a valid ID – $3 (limit 2)

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Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Special Gallery Hours 6-7:30 p.m. and immediately following the program

Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Contact Info (310) 247-3600



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