Noël Coward Theatre

Theatre , West End Covent Garden
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Noël Coward Theatre
Expect a broad programme of productions at this long-standing, popular Covent Garden landmark. Originally known as The New Theatre, the tribute to playwright Noël Coward was paid much later in the theatre's history – though a young Coward did manage to present one of his own plays, 'I'll Leave it to You', on the theatre's stage in 1920. 'Avenue Q' billboards have adorned the front in recent times, only making way in 2009 for the star-heavy 'Calendar Girls' with Lynda Bellingham, Patricia Hodge and Siân Phillips.
Venue name: Noël Coward Theatre
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Address: St Martin's Lane
London
WC2N 4AU
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
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elladacas
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Surprisingly a very large theatre!! I lost count of the amount of seats in here .. The stage is also a very good size! One could really see everything from any angle .

Cleanliness was a plus. It always is with places you intend to spend a few hours in.

Nothing but praise on this side. Also they're currently running "Half A Sixpence" and it was an enjoyable show to say the least (especially the second half) so make sure to check this theatre out.

Bee
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This is one of the cosiest and most intimate theatres in Covent Garden. I have mostly experienced the stalls where the stage visibility is second to none. The design and stunning period features of the theatre interior add the magic of seeing a play or musical here. I had to drop a star for feeling a little trapped when needing a convenience break and having to climb over legs and handbags to sneers and tut tuts - a little more leg room for more stealthily/less disruptive movement would be my only wish for this wonderful and charming theatre.

mangolisa
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Much has been said about the razzmatazz of Cameron Mackintosh latest production on the WestEnd, and guess what? They are all Tue. The boisterous dancing and singing, the energetic, young and acrobatic cast carry the new adaptation of HG Wells semi autobiography, Kipps - which also happens to be his favourite work - with great aplomp. 

Julian Fellowes treatment is polished and hit the notes at the right places. The brilliant portrayal and critic of the upstairs-downstair divide in the Victorian society is still very relevant today and so brilliantly captured in the lyrics and dialogues. The delivery exposes the snootiness and hypocrisy of middle and upper class Britain insisting some are too above others, even in the matters of the heart.


Charlies Stemp deserves a special mention as the grinning, singing, dancing and banjo playing Arthur Kipps. His lips even trembles at the right moment to say the things that only his heart can feel. You root for him from the beginning and you want him to not just enjoy his inheritance but also to be with his true love. His accent perfectly enunciated as in the novel. This is one of the little things that separate him from Helen but also the kind of thing that marks his place in the world. Unlike Eliza Doolittle, he didn't go through a complete metamorphosis and became the society butterfly. His ending is much much more real and happy than Pygmalion.

Music was boisterous throughout and this is a show not to be missed, even if like me, you're ambivalent about musicals. Take someone you love to watch it, there are so many moments in which you want to reach and squeeze someone's hand.