An encore presentation of "Great Performances: The Noël Coward Story" will be broadcast June 5 at 9 PM on WNET/Thirteen.
Among the performers who discuss the renowned playwright on the two-hour program are Sir John Gielgud, Sir John Mills, Lynn Redgrave and recent Tony winner Elaine Stritch, who just ended her acclaimed run in Broadway's Elaine Stritch At Liberty. This "Great Performances" profile, which originally aired in 1999, takes an intimate look at the playwright-composer who is responsible for such works as Blithe Spirit, Sail Away and Private Lives, which is currently enjoying a Tony-winning revival at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Born in London in 1899, Noël Coward became a performer, playwright, composer and international star. Among his many works are The Vortex, Hay Fever, Private Lives, Blithe Spirit, Bitter Sweet, Cavalcade and the revue Words and Music. Coward, who also produced several films based on his own scripts, published two autobiographies: "Present Indicative" and "Future Indefinite." Sir Noël Coward died in 1973.
"Great Performances: The Noël Coward Story" will also air on Sunday, June 9 at 1:10 AM, also on WNET/Thirteen.
—By Andrew Gans