'one of Coward's most provocative plays' Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard (London), 16.9.10 'its fusion of passion and mischief remains striking and there is something undeniably heady about its celebration of a kind of sexual liberation that looks a lot like flippancy' Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard (London), 16.9.10 'Coward's chosen title means the play sounds like a manifesto. It isn't. But it does present an audacious case for the pleasures of irresponsibility.' Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard (London), 16.9.10 'the play offers a genuine contest between the bohemian talentocracy and moral orthodoxy.' Michael Billington, Guardian, 16.9.10 'Coward's play addresses the peculiar disappointments of success, the misplaced nostalgia felt by renowned artists for their years of struggle, and the tragic fact that celebrity propels one into the company of billionaire halfwits. Kurt Cobain, who found success a prison he had to shoot his way out of, would have appreciated this strange and sometimes extraordinarily wrathful play.' Lloyd Evans, Spectator, 25.9.10 'The play may, in part, be about the love that dare not speak its name, yet what cannot be said is ardently implied in this fast-and-loose, extravagant, hilarious exploration of passion between two men and a woman.' Kate Kellaway, Observer, 19.9.10 'Noel Coward's Design for Living is a funny and sad study of bisexuality: Otto and Leo love each other, but they also love Gilda, and she, in turn, loves them both.' Tim Walker, Sunday Telegraph, 19.9.10 'Three's company, two's a crowd in this 1933 Noel Coward comedy about an arty trio who wind up in a menage a trois.' Paul Taylor, Independent, 20.9.10 'Noel Coward's 1932 play is a whirl of passions, exquisite poses and pain, travelling in style from Paris to London and New York, each act presenting a new erotic arrangement of the menage a trois. It's elegant and sparkling.' Sam Marlowe, Time Out (London), 23.9.10
About the Author
Noël Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.