Kicking off the 2011-12 Studio on 3 season, the limited engagement, directed by Will Stutts, continues through Dec. 31.
In Noël and Gertie, director Stutts also plays Noël Coward and is joined by Susan Wilder (Ivanov, King Lear) as Gertrude Lawrence. Owen Robbins is musical director.
Here's how Walnut bills the production: "Noël Coward was a talented actor, playwright and composer who entertained audiences with Private Lives and Blithe Spirit. Gertrude Lawrence was a celebrated actress who triumphed on stage in Lady in the Dark and The King and I. Together, they formed a memorable friendship and defined an era in show biz. Their delightful mischief, wit, backstage stories and popular songs, including 'Someday I'll Find You,' 'Mrs. Worthington' and 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen,' take center stage in Noël and Gertie."
Other members of the creative team include scenic designer Andrew Thompson, costume designer Mark Marian, lighting designer Chris Hallenbeck, sound designer Cory Neale and stage manager Angela Cucco.
Noël and Gertie was written by Sheridan Morley after completing biographies of Coward in 1969 and Lawrence in 1981. It was developed from the intimate stories shared in these biographies. The production was first performed in 1983 at the King's Head in London. It then transferred to the West End where it ran for nine years. The 1998 New York production starred James Warwick as Noël and Twiggy as Gertie. Walnut's production of Noël and Gertie coincides with their production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, The King and I, which runs through Jan. 8, 2012, on Walnut's Mainstage.
The Independence Studio on 3 is located at 825 Walnut Street in Philadelphia, PA. For more information or tickets, call (215) 574-3550 or (215) 336-1234 or visit WalnutStreetTheatre.org or Ticketmaster.com.