Noel Coward

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  • Hélène Catsiapis (École Centrale de Lille)

English actor, playwright, director, composer, lyricist and film maker, Noël Pierce Coward was commonly known in theatrical circles as “ the Master ”. He was indeed the master of the British Stage in the mid-twentieth century, the spirit of which he embodied until the new wave of “kitchen sink drama ”, was launched in 1956.

A brazen, odious little Prodigy

Noël Coward was born in Teddington, Middlesex, to lower middle-class parents, a few days before Christmas, on 16 December 1899 ; which is why he was baptized “ Noël ”. Both his parents were musical. They had met and fallen in love while singing in the choir of St Alban's Church. His father was a piano seller and his mother was obliged to …

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Catsiapis, Hélène. "Noel Coward". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 October 2004
[, accessed 28 September 2016.]

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