Noël & Gertie To Be Revived at London's Cockpit Theatre; Ben Stock and Helena Blackman Will Star

News   Noël & Gertie To Be Revived at London's Cockpit Theatre; Ben Stock and Helena Blackman Will Star
 
Noël & Gertie, the show devised by the late theatre critic and author Sheridan Morley around the words and music of Noël Coward, will be revived at London’s Cockpit Theatre, beginning performances Sept. 27 prior to an official opening Sept. 30, for a run through Oct. 22.

Ben Stock and Helena Blackman will play the title roles of Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, respectively, in a production directed and designed by Thom Southerland (currently represented by a fringe production of Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Parade at Southwark Playhouse), with choreography by Stewart Nicholls, musical supervision by Michael Bradley and lighting by Howard Hudson. It is produced by Danielle Tarento, who is also the show’s casting director.

Crafted from diaries and letters between Coward and his stage partner Gertrude Lawrence, the show tells the story of the professional and personal relationship between two of this century's greatest stage personalities. Although they only appeared in two productions together, Private Lives and Tonight at 8.30, the pair were forever associated with each other.

Blackman, who was a runner-up in the TV contest “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” to cast Maria in The Sound of Music in 2006, subsequently appeared in a UK tour of South Pacific and in a London fringe revival of Sondheim’s Saturday Night. She has recorded a solo album of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs.

Stock has appeared in the West End in Grease, Over My Shoulder and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! and on tour in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7258 2920.

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