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Stage Editorial

noelcoward.jpg The first Noël? How about the last…

Noël Coward’s wickedly funny final play ‘Star Quality’ will be lighting up the Tynemouth Priory Theatre this June.

Noël Coward’s sparkling final work is set in the West End circa 1951 and sees a gauche young dramatist being batted around like a shuttlecock by the massive personalities of an uncompromising director Ray Malcolm and his new play’s star Lorraine Barrie (who remarks of a critically overpraised rival: “She is all gong and no dinner”). But if anyone was going to know about the backstage machinations of London’s West End then it was Coward who here conjures up an authentic world of talent and treachery. From tentative first rehearsals to opening night, the clash of egos becomes increasingly and hilariously bloody. Overflowing with Coward’s trademark charm, the resulting piece is a mayhem of wit, hissy fits and punch-ups, but proof that star quality will always win through.

Star Quality, Monday 11-Saturday 16 June, Tynemouth Priory Theatre, Percy Street, Tynemouth, 7.30pm, from £7. tynemouth-priory-theatre.com