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Mr Coward Entertains

In 2013 TWT were asked by English Heritage to create a play to compliment a tea party event held in the grounds of Kenwood House. We took as our inspiration the Iveaugh Bequest – a fine art collection left to the nation and imagined how it might have been advertised when it was first opened.

What if a member of the famous Guinness dynasty had hired the services of England’s most successful playwright, riding high on the fame of his latest West End triumph? What if there was a rather unfortunate case of mistaken identity?

Mr. Coward Entertains features a flapper down on her luck who believes she has persuaded Noel Coward to pen a witty speech for the opening of the House. Her confidante, an acid-tongued writer for ‘The Lady’s Realm’, is cynical, especially when an arborealist named Neil Coward appears with his report on the trees in the grounds. Confusion ensues in the style of a Noel Coward play as our trio attempt to compose a poem to celebrate the bequest!!!

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