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A Sometimes Blithe Spirit: Noel Coward
"A man of many gifts, Noel Coward was a leading light in the British theatre for over half-a-century, and for almost as long on the international stage. Let's see how much you know about him."
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Noel Coward was born in a suburb of London (at the time it was a quiet village) in December, 1899. What is the name of his birthplace?
Coward had a younger brother. What was his name?
How old was Noel when he made his first professional stage appearance as Prince Mussel in 'The Goldfish'?
After enjoying some moderate success with 'I'll Leave it to You' which he wrote and starred in (at age 21!) and 'The Young Idea', which he also wrote and starred in, he wrote (and starred in) a play that took London by storm. What was the play?
During the London run of his smash hit, Noel met and fell in love with an American stockbroker. Who was it?
During the war years, Coward had a string of very successful plays - 'Present Laughter', 'This Happy Breed' and 'Blithe Spirit', all of which came out in 1942. He also wrote, produced, directed and, of course, starred in, a hit film, 'In Which We Serve'. What else did Coward do during the war?
He got married
He was a British agent
He turned Goldenhurst into a home for evacuees
He moved to the U.S.
After the war, Coward's career took a bit of a nose-dive, and the grim realities of post-war Britain gave rise to a new breed of playwrights (like John Osborne who wrote 'Look Back in Anger'), while critics tended to view Coward's later works as passť bits of fluff. How did Coward deal with this?
He put together a night club act
He wrote novels
He opened a theatre school
What happened to change Coward's status in 1970?
He was knighted
He declared bankruptcy
He got married
He was severely injured in a traffic accident
Coward was a homosexual. Did he ever 'come out'?
He didn't have to. Everyone knew anyway
Yes, he was very open about his orientation
Nobody really knows
Noel Coward died in 1973. Where did his death occur?
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Compiled Nov 04 12