The Vortex archiveEngland in the 1920s - the post-War party is in full swing, the English are living life to the full and the enchanting if middle-aged Florence remains a sparkling beauty on the fashionable scene. When her son Nicky returns from Paris with a secret, the veneer of charm and decadence begins to disintegrate as guilty truths are confronted... The Vortex created a notorious sensation when premiered in 1924 with its brave depiction of the darkness behind the dazzle of the Bright Young Things. Noel Coward's career was launched by this compelling, stylish story of the jazz generation dancing its way into a whirlwind of desire and deceit.


Author: Noel Coward
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Archive listings for The Vortex

Work type: Play.


Presented byWildman Studio. Director Damien O'Keeffe.
10 May 16 to 14 May 16The Playhouse, Ilkley :: V983
listing details L766381187


Producer Rose Theatre Kingston. Director Stephen Unwin. Design Neil Warmington. Sound Adrienne Quartly. Lighting John Bishop. Choreographer Fin Walker. Music Olly Fox. Performer James Dreyfus (Pauncefort Quentin). Performer Kerry Fox (Florence Lancaster). Performer David Dawson (Nicky Lancaster). Performer William Chubb. Performer Rebecca Johnson. Performer Jack Hawkins. Performer John Cummins. Performer Helen Fletcher. Performer Helen Atkinson Wood. Performer Sophie Rundle.
7 Feb 13 to 9 Mar 13Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston :: V051452426
listing details L01835375328


Company Tower Theatre Company.
15 Mar 11 to 19 Mar 11Bridewell Theatre, Inner London :: V171
listing details L0658983926


Company Canterbury Players.
24 Jun 10 to 26 Jun 10Gulbenkian Arts Centre, Canterbury :: V673
listing details L027933768


Company Crescent Theatre Company. Director Robert Ball.
5 Sep 09 to 12 Sep 09Crescent Theatre, Birmingham :: V144
listing details L1042554892


Director Peter Hall. Design Alison Chitty. Lighting Paul Pyant. Sound Gregory Clarke. Director Laila Diallo (movement). Music Mick Sands. Performer Felicity Kendal (Florence). Performer Dan Stevens (Nicky). Performer Phoebe Nicholls (Helen). Performer Barry Stanton (Pawnie). Performer Annette Badland (Clara). Performer Daniel Pirrie (Tom). Performer Paul Ridley (David). Performer Cressida Trew (Bunty). Performer Timothy Speyer (Bruce). Performer Vivien Keene (Preston).
20 Feb 08 to 7 Jun 08Apollo Theatre, West End :: V383
listing details L015773481
11 Feb 08 to 16 Feb 08Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
listing details L775521796
4 Feb 08 to 9 Feb 08Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L081499409
28 Jan 08 to 2 Feb 08New Victoria Theatre, Woking :: V709
listing details L0959862426
21 Jan 08 to 26 Jan 08Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L143936281
13 Nov 07 to 1 Dec 07Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
listing details L857119622


Producer Royal Exchange Manchester. Director Jo Combes. Design Lez Brotherston. Sound Gerry Marsden. Lighting Howard Harrison. Choreographer Katherine Taylor. Performer Will Young. Performer Diana Hardcastle. Performer Drew Carter-Cain. Performer David Fielder. Performer Sam Heughan. Performer Alexandra Mathie. Performer Rhiannon Oliver. Performer David Peart. Performer Laura Rees.
17 Jan 07 to 24 Feb 07Royal Exchange, Manchester :: V491
listing details L0157125286


Director Michael Grandage. Design Christopher Oram. Lighting Howard Harrison. Music Julian Philips. Sound Fergus O'Hare. Performer Francesca Annis (Florence). Performer Bette Bourne. Performer Chiwetel Ejiofor (Nicky). Performer Deborah Findlay. Performer Toni Kanal. Performer Indira Varma. Performer Daniel Weyman. Performer Michael Hadley. Performer Nina Sosanya. Performer Mark Umbers.
5 Dec 02 to 15 Feb 03Donmar Warehouse, West End :: V389
listing details L1531682084


Company Big Red Funbus.
15 Nov 02 to 16 Nov 02Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin :: V46
listing details L0673702842

Other listings

27 Apr 19 to 4 May 19Garrick Theatre, Stockport :: V504
listing details L0856344186
20 May 16 to 28 May 16The Maddermarket, Norwich :: V71
listing details L573300883
24 Nov 14 to 29 Nov 14The Pump House Arts Centre, Watford :: V56
listing details L01355723288
28 Jan 97 to 1 Feb 97OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford :: V800
listing details L350689875

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