Cowardice

Previewed 1 August 1983, Opened 11 August 1983, Closed 17 September 1983 at the Ambassadors Theatre

Play by Sean Mathias. Peckham. South London. Brother and sister. Playwright and actress. Noel and Gertie.

In a flat in Peckham, Boy, a wannabe playwright, and Babe, his sister and an aspiring actress, are obsessed with Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence - so much as that they live out their lives pretending to be them. But can Boy interest the actor-knight Sir in Noel Coward inspired play Public Death.

The cast featured Ian McKellen as 'Boy, Janet Suzman as 'Babe' and Nigel Davenport as 'Sir'. Directed by Anthony Page with sets by Hayden Griffin, costumes by Deirdre Clancy, lighting by Rory Dempster and music by Martin Duncan.