Today marks 125 years since the birth of Sir Noël Coward. Born and bred a Londoner, Coward is known for his flamboyant style, hundreds of songs and more than fifty plays, including much-loved classics such as Blithe Spirit, Hay Fever, Private Lives and The Vortex. In recognition of his contribution to the London stage as well as international theatre, in 2006 the Albery Theatre on St Martin’s Lane changed its name to the Noël Coward Theatre in the playwright’s honour, and it continues to produce plays befitting the great man.
The Noël Coward Theatre, located just a stone’s throw away from Strand Palace Hotel, is currently showing Shakespeare in Love; the play about a play; the London theatre sensation about the London theatre sensation.
The story of Shakespeare in Love will be familiar for those who saw the 1998 Academy Award-winning film; it focuses on a young William Shakespeare who has writer’s block, until he met his muse. A comedy of mistaken identity and backstage politics plays out against a touching love story described as ‘genuinely moving’ by critics. So there’s no better time to enjoy a show at the Noël Coward Theatre than this Noël!
Our hotel is near Noël Coward Theatre – in fact, it’s just a seven minute stroll to the theatre in the heart of the West End – and you can book theatre tickets direct with our concierge. If you would like to book for Shakespeare in Love, we are currently accepting bookings until April 2015, and ticket prices range from £15 to £57.50. The show is suitable for adults and children above the age of 12.
Looking for the pick of hotels near the Noël Coward Theatre? After the play, you can be back at Strand Palace Hotel with a 10-minute stroll through Theatreland. We’re also well-placed for other Noël Coward-related London landmarks, like ‘Covent Garden Market where the costers cry’ (described in Coward’s well-loved song, London Pride) and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, with its statue of Noël Coward.
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