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Mad about the boy - Noel Coward

Talks - History; Talks - Arts and Culture

Event Description

John Osborne said “Mr Coward is his own invention and contribution to this century. Anyone who cannot see that should keep well away from the theatre.” From fairly humble beginnings Noel Coward went on to establish himself as the most astonishing theatre animal of the 20th century. Playwright and composer, performer and director Noel Coward created some of the most memorable songs and plays in theatre history and some very witty quotes along the way.

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 45
Malcolm Jones

Meet The Speaker, Malcolm

Malcolm is an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and lectures on many aspects of theatre.

Since 2009, he has lectured on the Victoria & Albert Museum Short Course and Year Course Programmes, devising and developing a range of courses on Theatre History and Practice. He also lectures on theatre for Road Scholar USA and London Arts Discovery Tours for theatre groups visiting UK from America.

Malcolm was Workshop and Events manager at the V&A Theatre Museum in Covent Garden for 10 years where he was responsible for lectures, Study Days and workshops for adults and interviewed many leading British actors and directors. He has lectured and led workshops at many drama schools including RADA, The Actors Centre and Rose Bruford College. He has chaired panels and post show talks for Ambassadors Theatre Group. While at the Theatre Museum Malcolm contributed to many television and radio programmes

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!

Reviews

David

June 2021

None out of 5

Malcolm knew his subject oh so well. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation, both verbally and visually. Well worth the time and feed.

Laurence

June 2021

5 out of 5

A really entertaining and informative presentation. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Mary

June 2021

5 out of 5

Malcolm Jones' talk was extremely interesting and packed full of information about 'The Boy'. We recently saw an exhibition containing some of Noel Coward's clothes and artefacts so this was a lovely follow-up. I liked the way Malcolm used N.C's voice as it added to the enjoyment of the talk. My family come from SW London and my dad was friends with Noel Coward's nephew. It was interesting that Noel started life in an ordinary way. Thank you.

Anne

June 2021

4 out of 5

Excellent. Interesting & entertaining. You need to explain your rating numbers. Which is high and which is low.

Miranda

June 2021

5 out of 5

I knew very little about Noel Coward until this very entertaining and informative talk. Malcolm is so knowledgeable and his passion for theatre arts is obvious and infectious. So much information in a short time left me wanting to know more and I shall certainly check out more of Coward's work. Thank you, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Kevin

June 2021

5 out of 5

So very good so enjoyable and learnt a lot about Noel that I didn’t know….

Rosemary

June 2021

5 out of 5

A truly delightful lecture into the life, work and importance of Noel Coward. Obviously, a subject that Malcolm Jones holds dear, as he supplies the listener with his own sense of humor. Delicious and delightfully portrayed!!

David

June 2021

5 out of 5

I May have responded, but in case not, will review again: Malcolm Jones is a very friendly and knowledgeable presenter. He was fully in-charge of his subject. A most interesting webi to watch and learn-from. I enjoyed seeing/reading the old playbills featuring Noel Coward and his contemporaries. A great show.

Judy

June 2021

5 out of 5

A great session. Malcolm Jones obviously knows his subject extremely well but also enjoys talking about it. I'd love to hear his other talks. Thanks for this one Malcolm.

Colin

June 2021

5 out of 5

This was a superb, compact and entertaining account of Coward's career. Just the right balance of formal and informal, and with very well chosen examples and quotations. Malcolm has a very winning presentation manner, and clearly a deep knowledge of his subject, lightly worn. As a theatre professional myself I learnt something, and the comparison/connections between Coward and later writers such as Pinter, and the parallels that Malcolm pointed out between their respective taut, terse dialogue styles, I found particularly interesting. A very absorbing and informative hour

Ray

June 2021

5 out of 5

Great presentation! Knowledgeable and amusing.

Anna

June 2021

5 out of 5

As anticipated, Malcolm’s lecture was as entertaining as it was informative. It has motivated me to learn more about Noel Coward and his works.