Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal musical based on a real life love story

Helen Power plays Gertrude Lawrence in Noel & Gertie
Helen Power plays Gertrude Lawrence in Noel & Gertie

A musical comedy based on the “real life love story” of playwright and songwriter Noel Coward and actress Gertrude Lawrence comes to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on April 11 and 12.

Noel & Gertie is a revival of Sheridan Morley’s hit play that originally ran in the West End for nine years and has been crafted from diaries and letters between the pair.

This year is the tenth anniversary of Morley’s death and so the play is being revived as a celebration of his life.

Matthew Townshend, the director and producer, said: “This play encapsulates a real-life love story and the complex relationship between an extraordinary duo who were inseparable until Gertrude’s premature death from cancer.

“It epitomizes an era of sophistication and elegance and features songs, sketches and snippets of scenes from some of Coward’s most famous work.”

Helen Power, who has previously appeared in Sunset Boulevard in the West End and in the UK tour of Chess will play Gertie, while Ben Stock, whose credits include West End performances of Grease and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, will play Coward.

Musical direction is by the acclaimed Steven Edis and live piano accompaniment is provided by Jonathan Lee.

The musical, from Matthew Townshend Productions, showcases more than 20 songs and scenes from shows including Private Lives and Blithe Spirit.

For tickets call 01284 769505 or visit www.theatreroyal.org.