Preview: Star Quality, by Noël Coward, Theatre Royal Brighton, February 20 – 25.

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LIZA Goddard and Daniel Casey star in Noël Coward’s final play, the deliciously funny Star Quality.

Set in 1951, his last play (published in 1967) takes us behind the scenes of a new West End production.

Behind the red-curtain glamour, Coward conjures up a wickedly observant satire of talent and treachery and a gallery of unforgettable characters.

A temperamental leading lady and her director engage in a battle of egos which will make or break the production – and possibly the rest of the cast.

Bursting with Coward charm, what emerges from the mayhem of wit, hissy fits and fisticuffs is proof that Star Quality will always triumph.

Stars of TV and stage Liza Goddard (Take Three Girls) and Daniel Casey (Midsomer Murders) lead a superb cast of ten with West End legend Gay Soper (Sunday in the Park with George), Sarah Berger, Simon Cole, Anthony Houghton, Keith Myers, Brendan Riding, Bob Saul, Sonia Saville and Lola the dog, in her professional stage debut.

Adapted by Christopher Luscombe (director of The Madness of George III and The History Boys and recently appointed artistic director of Theatre Royal Brighton Productions) and directed by Joe Harmston (artistic director of the Agatha Christie Theatre Company), Star Quality is a fitting farewell from Noël Coward, one of the most distinctive voices of British theatre.

Noël Coward was born in 1899 in Teddington, London, into what he described as genteel poverty.

His ambitious mother encouraged him to attend a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven.

He went on to publish more than 50 plays from his teens until his death in 1973, as well as composing songs, directing, acting and singing. The popular playwright’s hallmarks were his wit and flamboyance.

For tickets call Box Office 0844 871 7650 (bkg fee) or visit www.atgtickets.com/brighton.

Ticket prices £12 - £27.