Ember Big Band

Saturday 9th September at 8pm

Tickets: £15

Come and hear the big band sound!  This is a fundraising event for the new greenroom, enjoy wonderful music and help fit out the new bar.

The Ember Big Band is a not-for-profit line-up of 23 talented musicians that made its debut in March 2015. It performs at major events throughout Elmbridge (and often way beyond – the Eastbourne Air Show is on the cards for August). Past gigs have included sell-out Christmas concerts, regattas, Thames Heritage days, a Rat Pack dinner dance at Whiteley Village and a special ‘command performance’ for the Mayor of Elmbridge’s nominated charities for 2017.

Our line-up of 23 musicians (plus talented singers) perform numbers in styles and tempos ranging from the Great American Songbook to swing, Latin, funk and rock. The band is conducted by Bill Geldard, one of the UK’s best known trombonists and arrangers. Since turning professional at the age of fifteen he has played with some of Britain`s most famous orchestras and musicians including The Squadronaires, Geraldo, Ted Heath, John Dankworth and Jack Parnell. Ask him about the high spots of his career and there is a modest pause (probably because there are too many to mention). Then he recalls touring with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis Jnr; having a solo specially written for him by Sinatra’s arranger, Nelson Riddle; performing with Henry Mancini at “The Pink Panther” premiere in Switzerland; playing on the sound track of the first Bond film, “Dr. No” – and on the signature tune of ITVs hit 70s TV series “Minder”.

Bill says: “Ember is an amateur band – but we take a professional approach to everything we do. There`s a difference between being ‘amateur’ and ‘amateurish’. We’ve got a cracking programme lined up for the Nomad Theatre – and are confident of a great audience.



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Play in a Week – Once Upon A Forest

Play in a Week directed by Brandon McGuire

Monday 24 to Sunday 30 July
performances 29 July at 7.30, 30 July at 2.30
Tickets: £13
An original play, specially commissioned for PIAW. This annual week-long fully inclusive project enables actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic and benefits of participating in a theatre show and putting on public performances.  “Always a treat!” 

We are  delighted to be able to announce that the title of this years’ production is “Once Upon A Forest”.  Written for us by Rachel Barnett, it is a humorous twist on all those fairy tales we know and love.

About Play In a Week

Play In A Week -a week-long fully inclusive project, enabling actors with learning and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the magic of theatre.

Review – Play In A Week 2016

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Strictly Come Shakespeare Finale 2016

Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson

Directed by Graham Botterill

Wednesday 5 July to Saturday 8 July at 7.45

Tickets: adults £12, children/students £10

In this often hilarious tragi-comedy, three sisters come together before their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons.  The three each have different memories of the same events, causing constant bickering about whose memories are true.

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Playwright Shelagh Stephenson was born in Northumberland and read drama at Manchester University.

She is the author of several original radio plays written for BBC Radio, including Darling Peidi , The Anatomical Venus and Five Kinds of Silence (1997), which won the Writer’s Guild Award (Best Original Radio Play). Recent plays include Life is a Dream and Nemesis, broadcasts in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Her first stage play, The Memory of Water (1997), which opened at the Hampstead Theatre, London in 1996, won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy. This was adapted for film, and produced as Before You Go in 2002, starring Julie Walters.

Here are the cast in rehearsal!

memory of water rehearsal

memory of water rehearsal

Charley’s Aunt Auditions

Directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 November at 7.45, matinee on Saturday at 2.30

Auditions for males, 20-30 playing age are still open!

Contact Andrew by email: [email protected] 

A comedy by Brandon Thomas set in Oxford in 1882, this English farce follows the hilarious events that arise when two students, Jack and Charles, use the excuse of the imminent visit of Charley’s aunt Donna Lucia to invite their young ladies to their rooms.

Director Andrew Hamel-Cooke‘s most recent productions include Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and The Pajama Game (in association with Bookham Light Operatic Society). See the Reviews page for more!

Nomes Youth Theatre presents Musical Mayhem

Musical Mayhem – directed by Rachel Scott and Francesca Peplow
At The Nomad Theatre, East Horsley (find us)

Friday 30 June at 7.30

Saturday 1 July at 2.30 and 7.30

Sunday 2 July at 2.30

Tickets adults £10, children £7

All the Nomes groups join together to present a selection of drama and singing from a variety of popular musicals.

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Find out all about the Nomes Youth Theatre here. Classes now booking for September and summer school.

Dick Whittington Auditions (pantomime)

Pantomime audition dates – all held at the theatre:

  • Sunday 11 June – 2pm / 7pm – please book a slot
  • Monday 12 June – 7:30pm – please book a slot
  • Sunday 18 June – 7pm – open auditions
  • Monday 19 June – 7:30pm – open auditions
Dick Whittington – By Peter Denyer

December 12 – 16 including a Saturday matinee

We need dancers / singers / actors – small parts and principals, as well as a Musical Director.
Get in touch with Artistic Director, Andrew Hamel-Cooke now to express your interest – [email protected] or sign up to the events on Facebook here.
Musical Director – in the past we’ve been lucky to have some great MD’s. Usually they also play keys and can direct a bass/rhythm and drummer… but if you’re a drummer who can work with a guitarist, or have other ideas about set-up, please let us know!
Cast list


  • King /Queen Rat – M/F – an imposing presence, requiring a strong actor, can be played “straight” baddie!
  • Dick Whittington – principal boy/girl – must have charm, talent and energy, starting sweetly and ending with hero status!
  • Idle Jack – the comedy part, age not important, this role employs crooked logic and story-telling capabilities as well as being comfortable engaging directly with the audience.
  • Sarah the Cook – Dame (ideally) – a great all-rounder who can act, sing, dance and be a comedian. A big, bright, bold character!
  • Alice Fitzwarren – principal girl – a good actress, this role is a quick-witted and street-wise London girl with a sense of adventure.
  • Fairy Bow Bells – a kind of fairy godmother, ideally a strong singing voice.
  • Tommy the cat – non speaking – this actor/actress should be able to be understood by the audience by only meowing! Central to the whole story, must have a strong friendship rapport with Dick.
  • Alderman Fitzwarren – a warm an generous man with Alice as his daughter, must be strong enough to weight the dramatic scenes well.
  • Captain Cuttle – should be a strong singer with a good sense of comic timing to ensure he can carry the show in certain moments.
  • The Sultan of Morocco – not a large part but nicely showy-offy, the performance should be big and bold and the actor shouldn’t be afraid of an outrageous accept. Subtlety not required here!

Smaller roles

  • Gnawbone – a rat lieutenant, & Gnashfang – another rat lieutenant – villains with two short scenes, could be male or female. Distinct rat movements and ensuring the audience hate them is important!
  • King Neptune – optional – to be played seriously, a mysterious character.
  • Sailor 1 & Sailor 2 – well, they are sailors, any age, male/female!

Rehearsals are usually 1 evening per week (to be determined by majority vote & availability) and Sunday afternoon/evenings. Likely to run from mid-September, with additional hours near to opening.

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The origins of the story of “Dick Whittington” will not be found in any book of fairy tales. The pantomime is the only one based on a true subject. There actually was a  Richard Whittington, and he did become (Lord) Mayor of London in the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

Dick Whittington is a poor boy who has travelled to London to seek his fame and fortune. He has been told that “The streets are paved with gold”. He arrives penniless, and without a friend in the world.

In the pantomime it is often the Fairy – Fairy Bowbells who introduces “Tommy” the cat to Master Whittington. He now has a true friend, but what he and Tommy want most is to earn an honest living.

Dick Whittington and Tommy the Cat steal on board the ship as stowaways, to seek their fame and hopefully their fortune. A great storm brews up. The ship is in danger and the characters are washed ashore-bedraggled, wet and lost. The Dame, Idle Jack, the Captain and the Mate, and finally Dick and Tommy arrive safe and sound.

Will Dick find any treasure on the island? How will they get back to London? And will Dick marry the princess or the girl-next-door?

Join us and you’ll find out… Oh, yes you will!

Take a look at what NODA thought of our last pantomime, Cinderella – http://www.nomadtheatre.com/noda-review-cinderella/

Once Upon a Labrador

Friday 2 June at 7.30

Tickets: £10

“Once Upon a Labrador” is an evening of humour with Charles Garland and Alfie.  This is a fundraising event for the new Greenroom building.

Recorded cameo music by Rick Wakeman, with occasional extracts from the book “My Labrador Eats Poo”.

Directed by Sam Snape

Charles Garland is a writer and composer, television producer and director. His performing career began at Birmingham Repertory Theatre as a dancer in a musical, and ended at The Old Vic Theatre as actor / musician in a production of Dickens’ Great Expectations.once upon a labrador alfie charles garland

Soon after, Charles joined the BBC, as assistant to Sir Jonathan Miller for a new production of Cosi Fan Tutte. Following that, he worked on shows such as Blue Peter; three Royal Variety shows; sketch and variety shows, including The Paul Daniels Magic Show as well as dramas and a stint as director of Top Of The Pops.

Sitcom became a major part of his working life, with Terry and June; Joint Account; and Last Of The Summer Wine as assistant producer, and assisting David Croft OBE, on Hi-De-Hi!; ‘Allo ‘Allo! ;You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Dr Beeching! as producer.

Next, over a three year period, Charles re-edited most of the classic comedy archive for the BBC, including Dad’s Army; Are You Being Served?; Steptoe and Son; Porridge; The Good Life and more.

once upon a labrador alfieHaving left the BBC, Charles is now freelance, and going back to his roots with his book of ‘whimsical verse’ entitled ‘My Labrador Eats Poo’ (not quite as disgusting as it sounds) illustrated by Harry Venning, and this stage show, which features Charles, and his Labrador Alfie.once upon a labrador alfie nomad theatre june 2017 east horsley surrey

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Rent (schools edition) by Jonathan Larson

in association with Showdown Theatre Arts and Baltimore High School

Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June at 7.30

Tickets: adults £10, children/students /seniors £9

Rent is a rock musical loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New Yorks East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.

On Broadway, Rent gained critical acclaim and won a Tony Award for Best Musical among other awards. The Broadway production closed on September 7, 2008 after a 12-year run of 5,123 performances.  The success of the show led to several national tours and numerous foreign productions. In 2005, it was adapted into a film featuring most of the original cast members.

Rent School Edition is exuberant, passionate and joyous. This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song (“Contact”) to make it possible for many young people to perform this piece.

About Showdown

Showdown Theatre Arts is a part time theatre school based across Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex for young people.


by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

In association with Bookham Light Operatic Society
Directed by Jackie Shearer
Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 May 7.30 and Saturday matinee 2.30
Tickets: adults £16, children/students £12,

The rivalry between farmers and cowboys provides the backdrop to the love story of cowboy Curly and farmer’s daughter Lauren and the road to statehood for Oklahoma.  Truly one of the greatest musicals of the 40s and 50s era and since.

Bookham Light Operatic Society is a friendly active society of keen amateurs who put on musical shows in the Fetcham Village Hall and the Nomad Theatre.

Here is a link to the BLOS Facebook page: Facebook Link

‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’ refers to an influential, innovative and successful American musical theatre writing team consisting of composer Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) and lyricist-dramatist Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960). They created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s, initiating what is considered the “golden age” of musical theatre. Five of their Broadway shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes, as was the television broadcast of Cinderella.

The most recent production from The Nomads with Bookham Light Operatic Society was The Pajama Game in May 2016.

Jon Fox from NODA had this to say about it:

A very strong principal cast backed by a highly enthusiastic and energetic chorus made for a very high performance standard.


Pajama Game – I’m not at all in love

The Nomads are members of NODA, which has a membership of 2500 amateur theatre groups and 3000 individual enthusiasts throughout the UK, staging musicals, operas, plays, concerts and pantomimes in a wide variety of performing venues, ranging from the country’s leading professional theatres to tiny village halls.

The Sound of His Music

The music of Richard Rodgers presented by Andrew Brewis

Saturday 6 May at 3pm 

Tickets: £14

A celebration of some of the greatest songs ever written.
Featuring Chris Read and Jess Radcliffe, supported by a live band!
Come and hear songs from Carousel, The King and I, The Sound Of Music, My Favourite Things, Pal Joey and more … ‘Something Good’, ‘The Lady Is  A Tramp’, ‘Have You Met Miss Jones’… the list goes on.

Richard Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music up to the present day, and have an enduring broad appeal.

My Dog’s Got No Nose by Ron Aldridge

Presented by Andrew Brewis, starring Giles Shenton

Directed by Simon Dowling

Saturday 22 April at 3pm and 7.30

Tickets: £12

This one-man comedy play ‘My Dog’s Got No Nose’, by Ron Aldridge, takes us on a journey through the events surrounding a stand-up comedian’s first ever public performance.  Stand-up comedy, unrequited love, animal lovers, facts of life, sibling rivalries and mercy-killing are just some of the elements covered in this very funny and bitter-sweet story, as we discover that both the man and the ‘performance’ are not quite what they seem.
This ‘debut’ is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and illustrates perfectly the old adage, “be careful what you wish for!”
  • “Bitter-sweet, very funny, sometimes poignant, often hilarious!”
  • “This evening will leave you laughing and crying at the same time!
  • “It was so good my husband didn’t fall asleep!”

Happiness by Paul Mathews

Directed by Tracey Gillard

Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 April at 7.45

Adults £12, children/students £10

The countdown to Philippa’s marriage to Christopher is almost up, but they’re just coming back from a funeral.  The death of her beloved aunt Susan is just the first event of many that makes Philippa reconsider her future happiness.


How to Kill Your Teacher

Nomes Young Company in the studio

Directed by Rachel Scott and Francesca Peplow

Friday 17 March at 7:30pm and Saturday 18 March at 3:30pm

Tickets: £8 adults, £6 children

A young teacher in a modern day independent school and his class, struggle to exercise power.

Nomes Youth Theatre

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Visit the main Nomes web page: http://www.nomesyouththeatre.co.uk/

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, from the novel by C S Lewis, adapted by Glyn Robbins, directed by Anthony Kemp

Tuesday 13 to Saturday 17 December, evenings at 7.30, matinee at 2.30 on Saturday

Tickets: adults £16, children/students, adults £12 on 13th

Four children travel through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia where it is always winter but never Christmas.


Some journeys take us far from home. Some adventures lead us to our destiny.

Most of the novel is set in Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures that one White Witch has ruled for 100 years of deep winter. In the frame story, four English children are staying in a large, old country house for a holiday. The youngest visits Narnia three times via the magic of a wardrobe in a spare room. All four children are together on her third visit, which verifies her fantastic claims and comprises the subsequent 12 of 17 chapters except for a brief conclusion. In Narnia, the siblings seem fit to fulfill an old prophecy and so are soon adventuring both to save Narnia and their lives. Lewis wrote the book for, and dedicated it to, his goddaughter Lucy Barfield. She was the daughter of Owen Barfield, Lewis’s friend, teacher, adviser, and trustee.

After going in twice the four children go in together for the last time. They battle wolves, meet talking animals, encounter a evil white witch and meet a magnificent lion named ‘Aslan’. Will this be the end of their journey to Narnia or will they stay?

The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe is a timeless classic that children cherish and adults adore. This production is directed by Anthony Kemp.

Get a 10% discount on food at The Duke and also Goose (Bishopsmead Parade) by showing your tickets for that day’s performance.

Haunted! The blood-curdling musical

Haunted! The Blood-Curdling Musical

Presented by The Freewheelers

Wednesday 19 October 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm

Tickets: adults £10, disabled £5, under 16s  £5, carers free


Relaxed performance / BSL interpreted / surtitled & audio described

The perfect play for Halloween, ‘Haunted – The Blood-Curdling Musical’, is a show full of song, dance, thrills and suspense, as it follows the journey of two people who meet under spooky circumstances and fall madly in love. Set in an old theatre filled with mysterious and peculiar characters, the tale tells the story of the two lovers and the obstacles they have to overcome to be together. Can true love find its way? Or will the ghosts of the past block their path? Book your tickets now to find out…if you dare!!

Get 10% off food at The Duke and also Goose (Bishopsmead Parade) by showing your tickets for that day’s performance.


Based in Leatherhead, Surrey, the group have toured our work across South East England. We have collaborated with English Touring Opera and the National Theatre. Our multimedia projects are viewed across the world.

We work with people of all abilities. We nurture individual talents and our members take on diverse responsibilities including choreography, lighting, mentoring and public speaking. All of our projects are underpinned by an ethos of teamwork which brings all our skills together. In addition to our touring theatre productions, we run weekly workshops in dance, drama, music and media and create performance opportunities for our members to share their work in public.  All of our projects are professionally led and managed and our work is supported by a team of dedicated volunteers.

Artistic excellence goes hand in hand with learning and personal growth. Benefits for our members include:
* developing artistic skills, e.g. acting, dance, singing, film-making, theatre production
* improving physical fitness and co-ordination through dance and movement
* learning how to work as part of a team
* developing social skills and making friends
* gaining independence and confidence

Old Herbaceous, starring Giles Shenton

Old Herbaceous

Saturday 15th October at 7.30                 Sunday 16th October at 2.30

Tickets:  adults £14, children/students £10

Starring Giles Shenton, Directed by Simon Downing

Produced by Andrew D Brewis 

Play by Alfred Shaughnessy from the novel by Reginald Arkell

“One very talented actor, Giles Shenton as Herbert Pinnegar (Old Herbaceous), keeps us engrossed, entertained, amused and emotionally engaged for an hour and a half as a gardener in a potting shed… who knew that would work? A wonderful production: funny, emotional, touching, instructive: as it’s been dubbed : ” Downton Abbey with gardening tips” ( and some cookery ones too!)…and an acute and sometimes hilarious observation of relationships between the classes in a gentler, simpler age. As the song goes, “ Sometimes life can taste so sweet, when you slow it down.”

“Old Herbaceous is a story of one man working at the the same gardening job for all his working life.  He sees the world change from a Victorian age through Edwardian to a modern world in 1970 when the play is set.  Although it is the story of one manʼs life, it encompasses  many different stories and sub-plots.  It has been a joy to discover this manʼs journey, which centres around a platonic, unrequited love story across social boundaries.  It is basically UPSTAIRS, OUTSIDE, rather than UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS.  Above all it is a look at a world that no longer exists and a nostalgic yearning to return to a way of life gone forever.  What surprised me most was how moving the piece is.  So bring your tissues,you may need them.”

Old Herbaceous poster

Get a 10% discount on food at The Duke and Goose (Bishopsmead Parade) by showing your tickets for that day’s performance.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

Twelfth Night directed by Andrew Hamel-Cooke

Tuesday 27 September to Saturday 1st October at 7.45

Tickets: adults £14, children/students £10, £12 for all adults on 27th

Social disorder, role reversal and cross-dressing are the main elements in this sublime comedy.

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Come to Illyria with us and enjoy a fun filled romantic comedy with one of William Shakespeare’s greatest plays that has stood the test of time.  There are all the elements of confusion, shipwreck, disguise, and passion, with much humour. This very amusing play is all too often taken too seriously.  Shakespeare was writing for the ordinary person in the street and they loved a good bawdy show. At the same time, we can learn much from his play about the frailties of human nature as well as the ‘tricks’ we play upon ourselves.

In Twelfth Night we have both a delightful and raucous frolic with improbable coincidences, making it almost farce, and love at first sight. There are love triangles with self-love, secret love and falling in love with love, truly the human condition.

The Bard writes ‘If music be the food of love ….’ Today we live in a time of music and love. None was more so than the 1960s from where we take our incidental music.  They sang then ‘All you need is love’, we find that here in Twelfth Night he leads us through an interesting tale of social disorder, role reversal and cross dressing; then he allows ..‘time, thou must untangle this   …’ so all will be well in our comedic play. This production is performed by a diverse and talented cast whose grasp of the Bard’s language will make the work accessible for all audience members both young and old.


This exciting production comes from Director, Andrew Hamel-Cooke…
Andrew has most recently directed The Pajama Game (musical), Cinderella (pantomime), Sisterly Feelings (play) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oct ‘14) which drew its inspiration from Seventies Glam Rock music and dance – a very interesting and entertaining take on the traditional Shakespeare, you can bet that Andrew will bring the same level of energy and innovation to Twelfth Night!

Andrew has been in theatre from a very early age, appearing in all genres from Shakespeare to Pantomime. He has performed and directed with Nomads for about twelve years. Originally trained at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts he worked as a professional dancer, singer and actor in the UK and abroad. Andrew has also been a drama teacher in secondary education.

The Humour of Noel Coward (Gordon Peters & David Carter)

The Humour of Noel Coward
with Gordon Peters and David Carter
Sunday September 4th at 2.30
Following the great reception of their Flanders & Swann show last year, Gordon Peters and David Carter are returning to the Nomads with their Humour of Noel Coward show.  The experiment of a Sunday matinee worked so well they are pleased to do it again on a Sunday afternoon – September the 4th at 2.30pm.
Besides the usual favourites – Mad DogsStately Homes, Mrs Worthington, and there will be some not so well known Could You Please Oblige Us With A Bren Gun?, Bar on the Piccolo Marina and I Wonder What Happened To Him? etc..
Of course there are so many anecdotes about Noel Coward.  A treasure trove of wit and good humour.  You’ll hear the best.
Tickets: £12 for all
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Sir Noël Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise”.
Born in Teddington, south-west London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever (performed at The Nomad Theatre in 2016), Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), screenplays, poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward’s stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.