Returning to the character he played in BBC series Goodnight Sweetheart, Fringe First award-winner David Benson takes on Noël Coward’s masterful songbook. This acclaimed show features Benson at his best as singer, impersonator, host and raconteur. With nine solo shows in his repertoire, Benson has a proven ability to sensitively portray some of the most famous performers of our time whilst offering new insight, dark humour and plentiful entertainment.
When David was twelve years old his grandfather gave him a 78rpm record of Noël Coward singing his comic patter song The Stately Homes of England. He was immediately hooked. Now, at last, he is set to indulge his life-long passion for these songs with this sparkling tribute to The Master. Featured songs include Mad Dogs and Englishmen, London Pride, Mad About the Boy, I’ll See You Again, If Love Were All, and Mrs. Worthington.
Noël Coward was a writer, composer, performer and director. Born in Teddington, Middlesex in 1856 he began acting in the West-End at an early age and was famed on both sides of the Atlantic for his flamboyant lifestyle as well as his singing, acting, films, plays and music. During World War II, whilst seemingly living a luxurious and glamorous life, for which he was criticised, he was engaged for intelligence work by the Secret Service. Coward wrote and released some very popular songs during the war, the most famous of which are London Pride and Don't Let's Be Beastly To The Germans. He passed away in 1973 but his work continues to be seen and heard today, most notably with the recent West End production of Brief Encounter by Kneehigh Theatre.
‘David Benson has struck gold again, this time raiding Noel Coward’s songbook. He becomes the master as he sings.’ Daily Telegraph
Arts Centre, Devizes Road
Wednesday 11 February – 8pm
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