Kravis Center For The Performing Arts Celebrates The NoËl Coward Festival Palm Beach

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A Flock of Literary & Theatrical Stars Are Arriving to Honor Iconic British Playwright, Showman & Wit

“We all love our country and are proud of it… But you must admit that once you’ve exhausted Palm Beach and California, there aren’t many places to go.”
(“Norma” in TIME REMEMBERED by Noël Coward, 1941)

(West Palm Beach, FL – February 18, 2014)  For fans of Noël Coward (1899-1973), the legendary playwright, author, stage and screen star, raconteur, songwriter, showman and wit, there is definitely some place to go next month when the NOËL COWARD FESTIVAL PALM BEACH – the first such festival in the United States this century – presents five major events at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

“Why Noël Coward now?” asks Barry Day, author of The Letters of Noël Coward and a Trustee of the Coward Foundation. “Why is he increasingly revived when so many of his contemporaries have faded? Why do his classic comedies like Private Lives and Blithe Spirit remain among the most frequently produced plays in the world, more than 70 years after they were first staged?”

“Well, as Coward himself once said, if he wanted to write about serious topics, he would inevitably turn it into a comedy. His plays in particular use his witty dialogue to mask genuine feeling. Most of them are really about the difficulty – the impossibility, even – of love. And if that isn't timeless, what is?”

In fact, when he was asked how he would like to be remembered, Noël Coward replied: “He was much loved because he could make people laugh and cry.”

To celebrate his immense influence, talents and contributions to the world’s culture, the Kravis Center is joining with the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County and the Norton Museum of Art to present a series of informative and entertaining events in conjunction with Noël Coward Festival Palm Beach 2014. The Kravis Center will host five days of special events including film screenings, discussions and musical performances with stage stars from London and New York.

March 18, 2014 at 11:30 a.m.   (Tuesday)

The Noël Coward Festival Palm Beach 2014

Coward On Television Luncheon

Host: Barry Day

Enjoy lunch while viewing video clips of Noël on camera, including: TV special Together with Music (with Mary Martin), Noël on The Ed Sullivan Show, excerpts from his satirical comedy about ghosts, Blithe Spirit (with Claudette Colbert and Lauren Bacall), Noël’s epic salute to working class people, This Happy Breed, mystery guest on panel game show What’s My Line?, singing and playing “Someday I’ll Find You” on The David Frost Show, interviews with Edward Murrow and Dick Cavett, along with his final TV interview.

Khoury Family Dance Rehearsal Hall in the Cohen Pavilion

Tickets:  $50

Note: Admission includes lunch prepared by Catering by The Breakers at the Kravis Center.

March 19, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.   (Wednesday)

The Noël Coward Festival Palm Beach 2014

Coward On Film
Brief Encounter

Host:  Barry Day

A discussion about Noël’s film history, followed by a showing of his classic 1945 romantic fable, Brief Encounter.

Persson Hall

Tickets:  $28

March 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.   (Thursday)

The Noël Coward Festival Palm Beach 2014

Coward In Concert

Starring Steve Ross and Amanda Squitieri

Cabaret legend Steve Ross and operatic soprano Amanda Squitieri perform some of the songs Noël made famous in London and Las Vegas.

Persson Hall

Tickets:  $35

March 21-22, 2014

+ Friday at 7 p.m.

+ Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  & 7 p.m.

The Noël Coward Festival Palm Beach 2014

Curtain Up … On Noël Coward

Starring Rosemary Harris, Dana Ivey, Edward Hibbert, Steve Ross, Maureen Anderman, John Behlmann, Gretchen Egolf and Amanda Squitieri

A revue with song, verse and excerpts from Noël’s plays.

Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Playhouse

Tickets:  $40

Additional Events of the Noël Coward Festival Palm Beach:

On Monday, March 3, the Cultural Council’s popular series Culture & Cocktails at The Colony is presenting a Conversation between Barry Day and William Hayes, Producing Artistic Director at Palm Beach Dramaworks. The topic is: “I Like America: Noël Coward in the USA.” This event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach. For more information, call 561.472.3330.

On Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m., as part of its Art After Dark series, the Norton Museum of Art is presenting “This is Noël Coward,” a lecture by Barry Day in which he will take the audience through the life and work of the creative genius hailed as “The Master.” For more information, call 561.832.5196, ext. 1123.

How to Get Tickets for the Five Noël Coward FestivalPalm Beach Events at the Kravis Center:

Tickets are now available for purchase at the Kravis Center box office, 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in downtown West Palm Beach; online at; by phone at (561) 832-7469 or (800) 572-8471. For Group Sales, please call (561) 651-4438 or (561) 651-4304.

About the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts:

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit performing arts center whose mission is to enhance the quality of life in Palm Beach County by presenting a diverse schedule of national and international artists and companies of the highest quality; by offering comprehensive arts education programs; by providing a Palm Beach County home in which local and regional arts organizations can showcase their work; and by providing an economic catalyst and community leadership in West Palm Beach, supporting efforts to increase travel and tourism to Palm Beach County.

The Kravis Center is located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach, FL.  For more information, please call (561) 832-7469 or visit the official website

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