An Academy Salute to Noël Coward – April 16, 17 and 18

Cavalcade

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.

Friday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater

A Noël Coward Evening

Hosted by Stephen Fry

With performances by Michael Gladis, Matthew Wolf, Sarah Zimmerman, Juliet Mills, Jobeth Williams and Susan Sullivan

Cavalcade

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 hosted an evening that included 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 staging featured Michael Gladis, Matthew Wolf and Sarah Zimmerman. The second piece was a fragment from Coward’s last, unfinished work, Age Cannot Wither, begun in 1967, about a reunion of three 60-ish school chums, featuring Juliet Mills, Jobeth Williams and Susan Sullivan.

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.

Event Information

When
Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.
Where
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Academy Awards Facts

Academy Award® winner (1932/33)
Outstanding Production (Fox)
Art Direction (William S. Darling)
Directing (Lloyd)
Academy Award nominee (1932/33)
Actress (Diana Wynyard)
Matthew Wolf, Sarah Zimmerman, Stephen Fry, Juliet Mills, Susan Sullivan, Michael Gladis and Jobeth Williams

Matthew Wolf, Sarah Zimmerman, host Stephen Fry, Juliet Mills, Susan Sullivan, Michael Gladis and Jobeth Williams.


Saturday, April 17, 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater

“Brief Encounter” (1945)

Presenting a restoration by the British Film Institute.

Coward’s classic film presents the story of two married people, a housewife and a doctor, whose weekly meetings in a railway station café lead to a frustrated love. The screenplay and the play on which it was based were the inspiration for the recent new stage production hailed by critics and audiences alike in New York, San Francisco and Minneapolis.

Starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard. Directed by David Lean. Produced by Noël Coward. Screenplay by Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan and Ronald Neame, based on the one-act play Still Life by Coward. Cineguild. 35mm. 86 minutes. Print courtesy of the British Film Institute and MGM.

Academy Award nominee (1946): Actress (Celia Johnson), Directing (Lean), Writing – Screenplay (Lean, Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald Neame)

“In Which We Serve” (1942)

Presenting a restoration by the British Film Institute.

Noël Coward co-directed this inspirational wartime film with David Lean, in addition to writing, producing, composing the musical score and starring as Captain Kinross. As the survivors of the sinking of the British destroyer HMS Torrin cling to a life raft, their stories are told in flashback.

Directed by Noël Coward and David Lean. Produced by Coward. Screenplay by Coward. Two Cities Films. 35mm. 116 minutes. Print courtesy of the British Film Institute and MGM.

Academy Award winner (1942): Special Award to Coward for his outstanding production achievement

Academy Award nominee (1943): Outstanding Motion Picture (Two Cities), Writing–Original Screenplay (Coward)

Event Information

When
Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
Where
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028
Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter


Sunday, April 18, 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater

Bitter Sweet

“Bitter Sweet” (1929)

Presentation of rare, newly reassembled footage from Noël Coward’s 1929 production of Bitter Sweet at His Majesty’s Theatre, London. Introduced by exhibition guest curator Brad Rosenstein. Footage and commentary, 50 minutes. Courtesy of British Pathé.

Followed at 8 p.m. by a screening of:

“Blithe Spirit” (1945)

Presenting a restoration by the British Film Institute.

Charles Condomine (Rex Harrison) and his second wife Ruth (Constance Cummings) are befuddled by the appearance of his late wife’s ghost, Elvira (Kay Hammond) following a séance staged by medium Madame Arcati (Margaret Rutherford).

Directed by David Lean. Produced by Noël Coward. Screenplay by Lean, Ronald Neame, Anthony Havelock-Allan, based on the play by Coward. Noël Coward-Cineguild; Two Cities Films. 35mm. 96 minutes. Print courtesy of the British Film Institute and MGM.

Academy Award winner (1946): Special Effects (Thomas Howard)

Event Information

When
Sunday, April 18, at 7 p.m.
Where
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028