Aren’t Men Beasts? - Strand Theatre London Noele’s    first    professional    engagement    at    the    Strand    Theatre alongside    John    Mills,    Roberson    Hare    and    Alfred    Drayton.    This understudy role was during Noele’s final year at RADA. Ah, Wilderness! - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players Noele   features   as   Nora   the   Maid,   a   part   she   also   played   for   the   BBC In    a    live    broadcast    of    the    play.    Theatre’s    that    staged    the production included Edinburgh’s Lyceum. 1937. Square Pegs - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players The    comedy    début    took    place    in    May    1937,    written    by    Lionel Brown.    Noele    played    ‘spoilt    daughter’    Helen.    The    cast    gained praise    for    ‘amusing’    performances    in    this    production    by    The Scotsman    and    The    Era    publications.    Staged    at,    among    other theatres, Glasgow’s Empire. Mrs Moonlight - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players This   play   was   described   as   ‘grand   entertainment   for   the   young   and old’. 1937. Hay Fever - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players The   Noel   Coward   penned   play   saw   Noele   as   one   of   the   party   guests in   the   story   about   an   unusual   family.   The   Scotsman   review   noted ‘Noele    Gordon    gives    a    faithful    rendering    of    the    part    of    the bewildered young flapper…’ 1937 The   Late   Christopher   Bean   -   Repertory   Theatre/Brandon   Thomas Players Described    as    ‘a    play    very    different    from    the    ordinary    run    of comedies   which   come   from   London’.   Written   by   Emlyn   Williams   it follows   the   realisation   a   family   may   be   sitting   on   a   fortune   when painter   Christopher   Bean   passes   away   -   and   they   own   some   of   his masterpieces. Noele   played   family   member   Susan   with   a   critical   review   noting the   part   was   ‘well   played’   while   another   observed   ‘all   gave   first- rate performances.’ 1937 Raffles - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players The    E.W    Hornug    and    E.    Presbrey    play    about    an    ‘amateur cracksman’    who    steals    from    the    rich    to    give    to    the    poor    was described as ‘packed with thrills and surprises’. 1937 Aren’t We All? - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players A   review   notes   that   ‘a   large   audience   gave   a   very   enthusiastic reception    to    Frederick    Longsdale’s    popular    three    act    comedy’. Noele   was   co-lead   as   Kitty   Lake   alongside   Kenneth   Hyde   as   Willie Tatham. ‘It is bright and lasting fun’ The Scotsman noted. 1937 Tilly of Bloomsbury - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players The   ever   changing   weekly   rep   productions   continued   with   this   Ian Hay   penned   comedy   in   August   of   1937.   Noele   played   one   of   the leads in the ‘aristocratic Mainwaring family’. Lovers’ Leap - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players This    September    1937    performance    at    the    Lyceum    Theatre, Edinburgh,   was   its   début   in   Scotland.   Noele   played   Sarah   in   this production   with   a   review   in   The   Scotsman   noting   ‘Noele   Gordon   as Sarah    showed    an    unmistakable    and    gratifying    efficiency.    Her speaking   and   articulation   were   on   a   high   level,   and   her   movement and expression were marked with confidence and consistency.’ Night Must Fall - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players The   last   Brandon   Thomas   Players   production   in   Scotland   after   a five-year   run   of   agreements   to   stage   plays   in   both   Glasgow   and Edinburgh   theatres.   In   this   murder-thriller   Noele   played   a   maid. 1937. Autumn - Kings Theatre Glasgow The   latest   play   from   Margaret   Kennedy   launched   in   October   1937 in Glasgow prior to its London début. Ah, Wilderness! - Repertory Theatre/Brandon Thomas Players Noele   followed   the   BTP   southwards   in   1938   and   their   return   to Ah, Wilderness!   This   time   it   was   the   King’s   Theatre   Hammersmith   that was   to   showcase   the   production.   Noele   slipped   back   into   her   maid costume as Nora. Fresh Fields - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele   takes   to   the   stage   at   the   Theatre   Royal   Birmingham   in   this Ivor   Novello   penned   comedy   play.   Noele   played   an Australian   guest with    her    performance    described    by    the    Coventry    Herald    as ‘charming’    while    the    Birmingham    Daily    Gazette    said    ‘Noele Gordon’s   heroine   had   both   charm   and   passion,   and   Miss   Gordon most   cleverly   suggested   the   breakdown   of   nerve   under   a   tyrannical Victorianism.’ 1938. Turkey Time - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players July   1938   saw   Noele   as   part   of   this   comedy   offering   produced   as one     of     a     number     of     plays     for     ‘Birmingham’s     Centenary celebrations’. High    Temperature    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players Noele   in   the   role   of   a   rather   rained   on,   wet,   wife   in   this   comedy play.1938. I Lived With You - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Another   from   the   scribes   of   Ivor   Novello. This   comedy   saw   Noele   in a   small   part   with   the   Daily   Gazette   noting   ‘Noele   Gordon,   Harry Piddock   and   Malcolm   Russell   contribute   minor   studies   with   that seemingly   effortless   carefulness   that   one   has   come   to   expect   from the Court Players’. 1938. The 13th Chair - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The   spiritual   thriller   penned   by   Bayard   Veiller   took   to   the   Theatre Royal    Birmingham’s    stage    in    August    1938.    Noele    played    an innocent     murder     suspect     who     is     almost     condemned     on circumstantial evidence. Outward Bound - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Harry    Hanson’s    theatre    company    brought    its    final    offering    to Birmingham    in    September    1938.   Ann    (Noele)    and    Henry    (Peter Grey) played the overly sweet lovebirds who took their lives. The   Cat   and   the   Canary   -   Repertory   Theatre/Harry   Hanson’s   Court Players The    Court    Players    have    said    farewell    to    Birmingham    and    hello London   when   in   January   1939   they   host   their   first   performances at   the   Penge   Empire.   In   this   play,   written   by   John   Willard,   Noele played   ‘heroine   Annabelle   West.   The   Croydon   Advertiser   noted ‘Noele Gordon gives a fine study as the heroine.’ Official Secret - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players This   spy   set   play   looks   at   the   world   of   the   Air   Ministry   and   a ministerial   chief   who   is   faced   with   a   lack   of   aircraft.   ‘A   clever rendering    by    Noele    Gordon    of    Mrs.    Houghton,    the    mistress    he victimises.’ 1939. Jane Eyre - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The    Penge    Empire    staged    the    ‘world    famous    dramatic    play’    in February   1939.   Noele   played   Diana   Rivers. This   was   the   55th   Harry Hanson production at the theatre. Potiphar’s Wife - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The   East   Surrey   Reporter   described   the   production   as   ‘amusing, dramatic, daring and one imagines, particularly true to life.’ 1939. The   Chinese   Bungalow   -   Repertory   Theatre/Harry   Hanson’s   Court Players The   Croydon   Advertiser   observed   ‘The   presentation   by   the   Court Players   has   drawn   many   favourable   comments   by   admirers   of   this popular   repertory   company.’   The   paper   adds,   ‘Noele   Gordon   shows her   usual   good   sense   of   characterisation   in   the   part   of   Charlotte Merivale’. 1939. Escape Me Never - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele’s   performance   in   this   March   1939   production   was   billed   as ‘outstanding’.   There   was   also   high   praise   for   co-stars   including Marjorie Sommerville, Gerald Andersen and Ennis Lawson. Plan    for    a    Hostess    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players Following   a   run   in   the   West   End   the   Penge   Theatre   took   Thomas Browne’s    ‘daring    comedy’.    The    East    Surrey    Reporter    noted ‘Another   outstanding   part   in   the   play,   that   of   Griselda   Taunton, will be in the hands of the popular Noele Gordon.’ 1939. Dracula - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The   tale   of   Count   Dracula   saw   Noele   as   one   of   his   victims.   1939. The   Stage   noted   ‘The   super   thriller   ‘Dracula’   is   proving   a   big   box office   draw   at   the   Penge   Empire   Theatre.   Long   queues   of   play- goers   in   a   suppressed   state   of   excitement   were   noted   on   opening night and similar scenes have prevailed subsequently.’ Spring Cleaning - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Written by Frederick Longsdale. 1939. White Cargo - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele   played Tondelayo,   a   role   she   noted   was   one   of   her   favourites from her time at Penge Empire. On The Spot - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele   plays   Maria   Pouliski   with   the   Croydon   Advertiser   noting   her outing   as   ‘another   excellent   performance’. The   setting   for   the   play was Gangster life in Chicago. 1939. Little Women - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The   famous   story   takes   to   the   stage.   ‘Noele   Gordon,   as   the   sick, white-faced   daughter,   has   a   small   part,   but   tears   at   the   heart- strings.’ - noted the East Surrey Reporter. 1939. Lot’s Wife - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The    ‘modern    comedy’    was    written    by    Peter    Blackmore.    Ennis Lawson   played   Mrs   Bell,   Mona   Washbourne   featured   as   Lot’s   sister and    Noele    played    Lot’s    wife.    The    Croydon    Advertiser    review observed   ‘Noele   Gordon,   still   very   attractive   even   when   appearing in grey slacks, gives an animated performance.’ Aren’t    Men    Beasts?    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players The   ‘wonderful   farce’   became   the   66th   performance   at   the   Penge Theatre by the Court Players. 1939. Dangerous    Corner    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players Another   originally   seen   in   the   West   End,   that   had   the   Harry   Hanson adaptation    for    Penge.    Noele    featured    as    Freda    Caplan.    The Croydon Advertiser   noted   ‘One   of   the   best   performances   is   that   by Noele   Gordon,   who   has   the   part   of   Freda,   and   plays   it   with   a   sort of tantalising nicety that is peculiarly her own.’ 1939. Just Married - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The   farce   written   by   Adelaide   Matthews   and   Anne   Nichols   saw   the action   take   place   on   a   transatlantic   steamer.   ‘One   would   single   out for   mention   Noele   Gordon’   said   the   East   Surrey   Reporter,   adding, ‘in   the   part   of   the   apparently   compromised   young   woman   she delivered    herself    of    a    performance    that    fully    maintained    her customary high standard.’ 1939. Rookery Nook - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele   played   the   part   of   a   newcomer   to   the   town   of   Rookery   Nook who ‘took shelter for the night’ and caused a stir. 1939. The    Shining    Hour    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players In this Keith Winter penned story Noele portrayed Judy. 1939. London Wall - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Set   in   a   large   London   firm   Noele   appeared   as   ‘young   typist   Pat Milligan’ whose ‘inexperience nearly lands her in trouble’. 1939. Cradle Snatchers - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players A   first   for   the   players   at   Penge   when   a   direct   from   America   script is   staged.   The   Sam   H.   Harris   story   heads   direct   to   Penge   from   New York USA. 1939. Nothing   But   The   Truth   -   Repertory   Theatre/Harry   Hanson’s   Court Players Following   the   success   of   Cradle   Snatchers   another   stateside   play was   brought   over   to   the   UK   for   Harry   Hanson’s   theatre   players. Noele played Gwenn. ‘9.45’ - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players August   bank   holiday   entertainment   was   provided   by   the   Owen Davis   and   Sewell   Collins   murder   mystery   9.45.   Noele   played   Ruth Jordon.   The   plot   saw   four   confessions   to   a   murder   that   turned   out to be a suicide. 1939. Whiteoaks- Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele   gets   to   play   her   first   ‘Meg’.   ‘Noele   Gordon   infuses   dash   into the character of Meg’ said the Croydon Advertiser. 1939. French   Without   Tears   -   Repertory   Theatre/Harry   Hanson’s   Court Players Following   a   two-year   run   at   the   Criterion   Theatre,   with   packed houses,   September   1939   saw   the   Court   Players   take   on   the   show for a week. Noele featured as Diana Lake. It    Pays    To   Advertise    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players The    comedy    play    revolves    around    a    playboy    son    of    a    soap manufacturer.    Noele    featured    as    Mary    Grayson,    the    soap    boss’ secretary.   ‘Noele   was   as   charming   and   capable   as   ever’   said   East Surrey Reporter. 1939. When   We   Are   Married   -   Repertory   Theatre/Harry   Hanson’s   Court Players A   comedy   with   a   heavy   dose   of   ‘heavy   moralising’.   Noele   played the youthful female opposite young male Gordon Brown. 1939. They Walk Alone - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players A   play   by   Max   Catto   described   as   ‘a   thriller   with   the   psychology   of a    Freudian    drama’.   The    plot    concerns    three    murders    in    awful circumstances. Noele played one of the farming community. 1939. Goodness    How    Sad    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s    Court Players This   play   by   Robert   Morley   looks   at   the   life   of   repertory   actors.   A story   written   by   an   actor,   played   by   performers   about   performers. Croydon   Advertiser   note   in   their   review   ‘Much   of   what   goes   on provides     an     interesting     portrayal     for     Noele     Gordon,     whose performance is both touching and humorous.’ Gas Light - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Another murder mystery at Penge Empire Theatre. 1939. About a Horse - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players The   play   by   Leslie   Storm   sees   a   wealthy   couple   having   problems with   their   wayward   son.   William   Roderick   and   Joan   Carol   played the   married   couple   while   Gordon   Brown   portrayed   the   son   and Noele was cast as his fiancé. Heaven    and    Charing    Cross    -    Repertory    Theatre/Harry    Hanson’s Court Players A   play   about   a   small   newsagent   shop.   ‘The   story   deals   with   a somewhat   flighty   young   woman   (played   with   full   honours   by   Noele Gordon)   who   comes   into   the   household   of   a   newsagent   (Dorothy Reynolds)   via   their   youngest   and   unemployed   son   (Gordon   Brown). The young woman is later found murdered in a canal.’ 1939. Private Lives - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players Noele   and   Gordon   Brown   are   once   more   teamed   up   as   a   couple   in this Noel Coward play. 1939. Daddy Longlegs - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players This    story    by    Jean    Webster    was    Penge    Empire’s    Christmas attraction   for   1939.   The   story   looks   at   the   life   of   a   girl   brought   up in   an   orphanage   who   is   given   a   chance   elsewhere.   Noele   played   a supporting role. Suspect - Repertory Theatre/Harry Hanson’s Court Players A   musical   play   about   Scottish   law   that   saw   Noele   sing   songs   such   as These   Foolish Things.   George   Black   saw   this   performance   and   lured Noele over to Black Velvet. 1940. Black Velvet - UK Tour 1940-41 / 1943 - George Black Black   Velvet   went   on   a   theatre   tour   in April   1940,   following   a   stint in   London   (that   Noele   wasn’t   part   of).   ‘Here   is   a   show   with   colour and charm’ noted the Liverpool Evening Express. The Yorkshire   Evening   post   had   a   special   feature   on   Noele   and   how she   was   lured   into   the   production   from   the   Penge   Empire   while The   Stage   noted   the   run   in   Blackpool   at   the   Opera   House   was   to ‘full   houses’.   The   Evening   Dispatch   noted   its   Hippodrome   run   in Birmingham was ‘particularly strong in melody and spectacle’. Other    notable    places    the    show    was    staged    include    Coventry, Bristol,     Nottingham,     Newcastle,    Aberdeen,     Brighton,     Dudley, Plymouth,   Glasgow,   Hull   and   a   return   to   London.   Other   performers in the show included future ATV co-star Jean Morton and Ted Ray. Fun and Parlour Games - Liverpool Empire - Forces Broadcast During   the   Merseyside   run   the   performers   took   part   in   a   wartime Forces    moral    boosting    broadcast    live    from    the    theatre    on    the evening of April 1st 1940. Let’s Face It - West End - George Black Noele   made   her   West   End   début   in   this   production   alongside   Bobby Howes.   She   recalled   due   to   her   ‘looks’   she   was   playing   a   middle- aged   role   while   in   her   20s.   This   was   a   musical   version   of   Cradle Snatchers. 1941. The   Lisbon   Story   -   West   End   Run   and   UK   Tour   1943-1944   /   1945   - George Black The   theatre   show   was   described   as   a   ‘dramatic   play   with   music’ rather   than   a   musical.   The   book   and   lyrics   were   by   Henry   Purcell with   music   by   Harry   Parr   Davies   and   dance   routines   by   Wendy Toye. The   cast   included   Patrica   Burke,   Albert   Lieven   and   Eleanor   Fayre. Noele   featured   as   Louise   Panache.   Most   of   the   cast   reprised   their roles   for   the   National   Film   Company’s    big-screen   version   of   the story    in    1945.    The    West    End    performances    took    place    at    the London Hippodrome. E.N.S.A During   the   Second   World   War   Noele   took   part   in   several   E.N.S.A entertainment    specials    for    troops.    Co-stars    at    moral    boosting performances   included   Betty   Driver,   Tommy   Cooper,   Vera   Lynn   and George Formby. Cinderella - Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 1944 Noele,   described   by   Roy   Hudd   as   one   of   ‘Britain’s   best   principal boys’, makes her Birmingham Panto début in Cinderella. The   Birmingham   Daily   Gazette   noted   ‘Noele   Gordon   is   perhaps   the best   principal   boy   Birmingham   has   seen   since   Evelyn   Laye.   Elegant though   her   form   is,   she   is   not   content   -   as   so   many   principal   boys   - merely    to    strut    through    the    part;    she    acts    it,    and    acts    it impressively.’ The   Birmingham   Daily   Post   in   their   review   of   the   panto   observed: ‘In    Noele    Gordon    the    company    has    enlisted    an    exceptional principal   boy.   Miss   Gordon   shows   that   Prince   Charming   may   be more   than   the   well-meaning   aristocrat   to   which   pantomime   royalty so often and so easily runs.’ The   review   continues   ‘Here   the   part   is   really   acted,   quality   will out,   and   in   both   song   and   royal   proclamation   Miss   Gordon   infuses her part with that touch of style that sets the scene.’ The   Stage   reported   ‘Noele   Gordon   as   the   Prince   Charming,   who sings   her   way   into   the   affections   of   the   audience   as   well   as   of Cinderella.’   While   the   Litchfield   Mercury   stated   ‘Noele   Gordon   in the   role   of   Prince   Charming—one   of   the   best   principal   boys   ever seen on the Birmingham stage.’
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Dick Whittington - Alexandra Theatre Birmingham 1945 It   was   a   return   to   Birmingham’s   Alex   a   year   after   Cinderella and   this   time   Noele   had   star   billing   in   the   title   role. Again   the reviews were delightful. ‘She    makes    both    the    romance    and    the    adventure    seem probable,    and    beyond    all    cavil,    this    is    a    performance    of distinction.’    Noted    the    Evening    Dispatch.    The    Birmingham Daily   Post   stated   ‘Miss   Gordon’s   Dick   Whittington   is   a   brisk, business-like   fellow   with   a   character   of   his   own,   human   and humorous.   One   moreover   that   acts   his   way   through   the   story and into our favour by sheer histrionic ability.’ The   Stage   wrote   ‘Her   voice   and   comeliness   are   qualities   no doubt     shared     by     many     others;     but     few     have     such     a commanding   presence   and   sheer   skill   to   act   their   parts.’   The production had an extended run into March ‘46. Star   Nite   Out   -   Nuffield   Centre   -   June   -   August   1946   /   May 1947 / August 1948 Noele   was   part   of   several   evenings   at   the   venue;   In   June   ‘46 she   took   to   the   stage   with   Arthur   Askey,   Jack   Warner,   Tom Henry   and   Linda   Love   in   a   variety   bill.   In   May   47’   she   starred alongside Tommy Cooper, Frank Muir and The Three Scamps. The   performances   were   arranged   to   feature   former   E.N.S.A stars   by   Mary   Cook   the   E.N.S.A   Director   of   Entertainment. The theatre      was      named      after      Lord      Nuffield .      The      first establishment was in Wardour Street, London. It   moved   to Adelaide   Street   in   1948   where   Noele   returned   for its    grand    opening    alongside    other    stars    such    as    Jimmy Edwards, Vera Lynn and Alan Russell. Big Ben - Adelphi Theatre London In   August   1946   Noele   took   over   Gabrielle   Brune’s   part   in   Big Ben. The Stage reported her first-night ‘was a big success’. Red Riding Hood - Adelphi Theatre London In    December    1946    Big    Ben    was    rested    for    the    festive pantomime.    Noele    was,    following    her    Midlands    successes, kept   on   to   star   as   the   principal   boy.   The   principal   girl   was Janet   Brown,   future   impressionist.   It   also   starred   The   Crazy Gang. Of   Noele’s   performance   in   this   production   The   Stage   said, ‘Noele   Gordon   recently   playing   on   the   same   stage   in   Big   Ben, is   a   very   handsome   principal   boy   (I   like   that   man   said   the   two- year-old   next   to   me)   who   can   act,   sing   and   wave   a   magic sword   with   the   best.   As   is   only   right   and   proper   she   has   the most rousing and tuneful songs.’ Romany Love Special - The Savoy Hotel London The   Gypsy   tale   usually   took   place   at   His   Majesty’s   Theatre, however   for   a   special   guest   it   moved   for   one   afternoon   only. To   welcome   Maurice   Chevalier   to   the   country   the   cast   joined other   West   End   stars   for   a   special   event.   Noele   was   joined   by the   Romany   Love   cast   as   well   as   C.B.   Cochran,   Chesney   Allen and Jimmy Nervo. The   whole   affair   was   to   attempt   to   persuade   Maurice   to   bring his one-man show to London by Jack Hylton. March 1947. Variety Bill - Hastings Mann Production May   1947.   Noele   starred   alongside   Henry   Lytton.   Others   on the   bill   included   Binnie   Hale   with   The   Cockney   Opera,   Betty Blackler   with   Society   of   Dames   and   George   Doonan,   Terry Wilson and Clarkson Rose. (Location missing). High Tide - Imperial Theatre Brighton - Jack Hylton Following   a   West   End   run   the   show   went   on   tour,   lead   by comedian   Arthur   Askey.   Noele   featured   as   did   Eddie   Gray. 1947. Diamond Lil - Manchester Palace Theatre - William Mollison A   vehicle   for   Mae   West   who   played   the   lead   role   of   Lil.   It   saw Noele   as   ‘lil’s   rival’   Rita   Christina.   The   show   also   toured   other establishments    after    Manchester    including    The    Prince    of Wales   Theatre   in   London   and   the   Alhambra   in   Glasgow.   1947- 1948. Springtime for Henry - Penge Empire - Derek Salberg Noele   joined   the   ‘delightful   comedy’   fresh   from   the   West   End run   of   Diamond   Lil   in   August   1948.   Also   in   the   cast   were Anthony   Howard   and   Joan   Peart. This   was   the   first   time   Noele had performed at the Penge Empire Theatre since 1940. The   Norwood   News   review   noted   ‘Springtime   for   Henry   is scorching   such   enormous   success   for   Noele   Gordon   on   her return   to   Penge   after   eight   years.   She   certainly   gives   some sleek   acting   and   some   excellent   timing   in   her   sophisticated part.’   The   newspaper   note   that   for   this   role   Joan   Gordon   - Nolly’s mother - had been hired as her costume dresser. The Last of Mrs Cheyney - Intimate Theatre London Noele    featured    in    this    play    alongside    John    Barron    and Nicholas Parsons. 1948. Message for Margaret - Penge Empire - Derek Salberg Noele    returned    to    the    Empire    for    this    short    play    in    late September    1948.    This    was    followed    by    a    ‘guest    role’    in Reluctant Heroes at the end of the month. Easy Virtue- Intimate Theatre London Noele   played   the   female   lead   opposite   Roger   Moore   in   his   first theatre role. 1948. Rain - Penge Empire - John Holton A dramatic story by William Somerset Maugham. 1948. To Kill a Cat - Intimate Theatre London The production also featured Jack Howarth. 1948. Robinson Crusoe - Finsbury Park Empire - Moss Group Leslie   Sarony   was   cast   as   Billy   Crusoe   in   this   pantomime   while Dicky   Henderson   played   Will   Atkins,   Leslie   Michael   Cole   as Captain   and   Noele   as   titular   Robinson   Crusoe.   The   Tiller   Girls were   borrowed   from   the   London   Palladium   for   the   run,   1948- 49. Brigadoon - UK Tour - Prince Littler/Moss Noele’s   longest   running   theatre   role   as   ‘tart’   Meg   Brockie   in the   musical   Brigadoon.   The   show   boasted   a   70-strong   cast.   It made   its   UK   début   at   Manchester   Opera   House   on   March   23rd 1949.   The   story   set   in   a   Scottish   village   and   the   lives   of   the residents. A   selection   of   the   production   was   broadcast   by   BBC Radio. By   April   the   production   had   reached   the   West   end   at   the   and Sunday    Mirror    critic    Dick    Richards    noted,    ‘Fine    ballets,    a delightful    score    and    spirited    acting    -    especially    by    Noele Gordon - makes this Scottish fantasy a certain winner’. The   show   toured   into   1951   with   just   over   1000   performances for Noele, including 685 West End performances. The Royal Variety Performance - London Coliseum Noele   is   described   by   the   official   promotional   material   as   a comedienne.   She   along   with   the   cast   of   Brigadoon   performed a section of the musical for the RVP. 1949. On The Town - 1949 - Record Company Promotion Noele    Gordon    stars    alongside    Lionel    Blair    in    this    musical promotion   for   a   vinyl   album   release.   (There   is   no   record   if this was performed as a longer-running show). Variety Concert - Chiswick Empire - Moss/Prince Littler This    variety    special    was    on    behalf    of    the    Brentford    and Chiswick    Old    Folks’    Fund.    Star    turns    included,    as    well    as Noele,   Jimmy   Edwards,   June   Marsden,   Bill   Johnson   and   the Police Choir. 1950. Variety Show - Kingston Empire Dr   Crock   and   his   Crackpots   present   a   bill   of   entertainment. Resident   stars   include   Charlie   Rossi,   Rex   Eaton,   Hal   Monty, Larry   Jay   and   Ted   Fielding.   Noele   sung   several   songs   including Because of You and Nothing. 1951. Bonar Colleano Presents - Empire Theatre Glasgow Bonar   leads   a   cast   that   features   Noele   working   alongside   Eric Morecambe   and   Ernie   Wise.   Noele   later   recalled   that   for   a week   Eric   got   her   soaking   wet   in   one   skit   involving   water. Noele    also    performed    songs    with    Teddy    Johnston    while Winifred Atwell was on the piano. 1951. Humpty Dumpty - London Palladium - Moss Theatres Noele   appeared   as   the   principal   boy   Captain   Florizel,   opposite Norman   Evans’   dame   Martha,   Terry   Thomas   as   the      King   of Felicia,   Jean   Bayless   as   Princess   Miranda   and   Peggy   Mount   as the   Witch.   While   Noele   moved   to   pantomime   Stella   Moray took over her Brigadoon part. The   Aberdeen   Evening   Express   noted   ‘Of   all   the   stars   who glitter   in   the   galaxy   of   Christmas   shows   in   London   one   of   the brightest    will    be    Noele    Gordon,    principal    boy    in    Humpty Dumpty   at   the   Palladium   Theatre.’   it   adds   ‘Such   a   part   as Noele’s is much coveted in the West End’. 1951-52. Bet Your Life - London Hippodrome - Jack Hylton A   new   first   for   Noele   with   this   production,   she   was   cast   in   a key   role   for   YBYL   while   also   understudying   the   Sally   Adams role   for   Call   Me   Madam.   The   first   West   End   performer   to   be hired   by   two   productions   at   the   same   time.   You   Bet   Your   Life was   another   vehicle   for   comedian   Arthur   Askey.   This   was   also adapted for BBC TV . 1952-1953. Maurice Chevalier - London Hippodrome - Jack Hylton October   1953   saw   Maurice   and   Noele   reunited,   this   time   on the   three-week   run   of   his   self-titled   show.   Noele   providing the ‘intermission’ for the launch show. Call Me Madam - UK Tour / London Coliseum- Jack Hylton Noele     was     ‘understudy’     to     Billie     Worth     during     the production’s   West   End   run   (1952)   where   she   did   at   one   point stand   in   for   Billie.   She   took   over   the   lead   role   of      Sally Adams for   the   UK   Tour.   Co-stars   included   Arthur   Lowe   and   Sidney Keith. During   this   tour   The   Stage   reported   that   ‘Noele   Gordon,   who has   been   playing   the   principal   part   in   ‘Call   Me   Madam’   on tour,   is   suffering   from   nervous   strain’.   The   publication   notes that     understudy     Sheila     Bradley     took     on     the     part     for productions   in   Southsea   and   Leeds.   Noele   returned   to   the tour,   her   final   theatre   role   before   spending   a   year   in   New York studying television . Grayson’s   Scandals   -   London   Palladium   -   Peter   Dudley/Louis Benjamin/Allan Blackburn Larry    Grayson’s    big    show    starring    Noele    and    Keith    Harris, George Carl, Eli Woods, Bill Lynton and Kenny Day. 1974. Royal Variety Performance - London Palladium - BBC Noele   is   the   first   female   host   of   the   RVP.   Others   on   the   bill include comedian Ted Rogers. Showstoppers - Nottingham Theatre Royal - ATV A    special    theatre    series    recorded    to    be    inserted    into    the Summer Royal programme. Co-stars included Su Pollard. 1980. Gypsy - Leicester Haymarket - Roger Redfarn A   triumphant   return   to   the   theatre   in   as   Gypsy   Rose   Lee’s mother.   A   sell-out   success   saw   producers   attempt   to   take   the show to London, however the rights owners declined. The    Stage    noted    ‘Noele    Gordon    and    Fiona    Fullerton    are starring   in   Gypsy   -   the   largest   musical   ever   staged   at   the Haymarket, Leicester, where it opens on December 1st.’ A   detailed   interview   with   Noele   in   the   Reading   Evening   Post with   Roy   Martin   noted   ‘Noele   is   to   star   in   a   lavish   revival   of the   musical   Gypsy,   which   opens   for   a   two   month   run…   in   what will be her first major stage role in over 25 years.’ Noele   told   the   newspaper   “It’s   a   hell   of   a   part   and   it’ll   be   like going    up    a    cliff,    but    it    was    high    time    I    returned    to    the theatre.” After   opening   night   the   Belfast   Telegraph   hosted   just   one   of   a number   glowing   reviews;   ‘Noele   Gordon   made   a   triumphant comeback   last   night,   just   two   weeks   after   being   written   out   of Crossroads.   Noele   was   back   on   stage   for   the   first   time   in   26- years   in   a   revival   of   the   musical   Gypsy.   She   took   a   five   minute ovation   from   a   packed   house   at   the   Haymarket   after   the   first night of the show.” 1981-1982. Lakeside Spectacular - Clumber Park - Nottingham Playhouse A   three   day   event   created   by   Nottingham   Playhouse   that   saw Noele   perform   the   opening   event   each   day.   The   Mansfield   and Sutton   Recorder   noted   ‘Actress   Noele   Gordon   was   besieged with     autograph     hunters,     she     had     opened     each     days proceedings,   which   were   part   of   this   year’s   National   Trust Festival’. 1982. Falklands Night Fundraiser - Chichester Festival Theatre Noele    joined    a    cast    of    stars    to    raise    funds    for    the    South Atlantic   Fund.   £15,500   was   raised   in   total.   Others   on   the   bill included    June    Whitfield,    Roy    Hudd,    Dulcie    Gray,    Arthur English,   Fenella   Fielding,   Terry   Scott,   Doris   Hare   and   Petula Clark. 1982. The Boyfriend - Theatre Royal Plymouth - Roger Redfarn Noele   appeared   as   Madame   Dubonnet   in   this   musical.   The production then went on a three-month foreign tour. 1982. Call   Me   Madam:   Christmas   Revival   -   Birmingham   Rep   -   Roger Redfarn A   festive   run   of   Irving   Berlin’s   Call   Me   Madam   running   from November   1982   into   January   1983.   Noele   reprised   her   role   as Sally   Adams   -   the   first   major   revival   of   the   musical   since 1953. The   Stage   review   noted   ‘The   brash   lady   ambassador,   Sally Adams,   is   brought   to   life   buoyantly   by   Noele   Gordon   in   a performance   which,   if   it   lacks   something   in   vibrant   power, gains   a   great   deal   from   a   sort   of   gritty   warmth   which   makes the character grow and deepen as the plot unfolds.’ The    Lichfield    Mercury    observed,    ‘Noele    Gordon’s    biggest stroke   of   luck   must   have   been   her   departure   from   television’s dreary   soap   opera   Crossroads   if   her   latest   stage   career   is anything   to   go   by’   adding   ‘at   present   she   is   starring   in   Call   Me Madam   and   it’s   in   a   different   league   altogether!”   While   the Liverpool   Echo   said   ‘Miss   Gordon,   ginger   haired,   plays   the American ambassador of the piece like a game old duck…!’ Call Me Madam - London’s Victoria Palace - Roger Redfarn The   success   of   the   Birmingham   offering   saw   the   production transfer to the West End in March 1983. The   Stage   noted,   ‘Noele   Gordon   is   an   artist   who   engenders   a tremendous    amount    of    public    warmth    and    sympathy,    the latter    entirely    misplaced    because    the    lady    is    not    only    a trouper   in   the   grand   tradition   but   being   fired   from   Crossroads seems   to   have   been   the   luckiest   day   in   her   life.   She   played the   role   of   Miss   Sally   Adams   in   the   tour   of   Call   Me   Madam   30 years    ago,    and    though    in    the    intervening    period    she    has become   -   dare   I   say   -   somewhat   stouter   her   vitality   is   far   from impaired.’ The   Stage   continues…   ‘She   attacks   the   part   of   Sally   Adams   as if   her   life   depends   on   it,   belting   out   the   numbers   with   only   a few    decibels    less    lung-power    than    Sally’s    creator    Ethel Merman.’ A   main   critical   note   of   the   musical   was   it   was   ‘old   fashioned’ for   the   1980s.   It   closed   after   its   planned   ten   weeks,   with   no extension.    The    theatre    said    however    the    production    had made money and had ‘good audience attendance’. BAFTA Awards 1983 - British Film and Television Awards At   the   1983   event   Noele   announced The   Ballroom   of   Romance the winner of the Best Single Drama award. Royal Variety Gala - De Montford Hall Leicester In   the   attendance   of   Princess   Margaret   Noele   presented   part of   the   evening.   Others   on   the   bill   included   Chas   and   Dave, Mike    Yarwood,    Dickie    Henderson,    Bobby    Bragg    and    Lorna Dallas. 1983. Harrogate Festival - Richard Digby Day Noele   performs   poetry   at   the   annual   event,   as   well   as   several other events/venues over the year. 1983. Stars Bazaar - Café Royal London - Variety Artists Guild Noele   joins   Dennis   Norden   along   with   guests   Gloria   Hunniford, Leslie   Crowther,   Roy   Castle,   Ernie   Wise,   Honor   Blackman   and many more for a fund raiser night. 1983. Cosima Wagner - Nottingham Playhouse - Richard Digby Day A   one   woman   show   about   the   life   of   Cosima   Wagner   with   a script   by   Peter   Watson.   The   production   also   toured   the   Middle East,   where   Noele   discovered   she   was   still   popular   as   ‘Meg’ thanks to Crossroads screenings.1983. Mother Goose - Belfast Opera House ** In   a   publicity   visit   for   the   panto   the   Belfast   Telegraph   noted, ‘The   star   is   still   a   housewives   favourite   in   Belfast.   She   was mobbed   on   a   shopping   spree   in   the   city   centre.   Passengers   in a    bus    brought    traffic    to    a    standstill    when    they    made    an unscheduled stop to talk to her.’ ** Despite   the   publicity   and   interviews   due   to   illness   Noele was   unable   to   run   in   the   panto,   undergoing   an   operation   for Stomach   Cancer.   Mother   Goose   was   ultimately   played   by   Irish comedian Charlie Daze. David Garrick - Actor and Dramatist - Lichfield Festival 1984 Noele   joined   actor   Frank   Barrie   in   the   play   alongside   Honour Blackman,   Harry   Andrews   and   Marius   Goring.   It   was   Noele’s first public appearance since her cancer op. No, No, Nanette - Theatre Royal Plymouth - Roger Redfarn The   Stage   reported   ‘Two   of   our   top   stars   Danny   La   Rue   and Noele   Gordon   look   very   happy   about   their   forthcoming   shows at   the   Theatre   Royal…   Noele   is   to   star   in   No,   No   Nanette   from August   to   September   before   a   national   tour.      Danny   La   Rue   is then to appear in the title role of Mother Goose’. In   September   the   publication   reviewed   the   first   night;   ‘The much   awaited   major   ‘in-house’   production   by   Roger   Redfarn got   off   to   a   flying   start   at   Plymouth’s   Theatre   Royal   with   a three-week   run…   It   was   indeed   a   brilliant   performance…’   the publication   continues   ‘Noele   Gordon   received   a   tremendous welcome   in   her   role   of   Sue   Smith,   the   much   tried   wife   of   her spendthrift    bible    pusher    husband,    and    she    captured    the audience   with   her   forthright   acting   style   as   well   as   with   her song and dance steps in ‘Take a Little Onestep’.’ Not    long    into    the    run    Noele    had    to    withdraw    from    the production   due   to   the   return   of   the   cancer.   This   was   her   last acting performance. The   UK   tour   saw   Moira   Lister   step   into   the   role   of   Sue   Smith on Noele’s behalf.
Theatre Performances
Public Appearances There was simply far too many to list every event attended. However of notable events; Noele opened several Coop Food Halls and Woolworth stores. In 1963 she opened the Broadway Precinct (now the Belvoir Shopping Centre.) Noele supported over 30 charities, many local to the West Midlands but also; Lord's Taverners, the RNLI and of course Crossroads Care.