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The Vortex

Closed June 7, 2008

Why See The Vortex?

TV and stage icon Felicity Kendal leads a star cast as the glamorous socialite Florence Lancaster in Noel Coward’s renowned play about the frivolous nature and narcissism of London's late 1920's aristocracy.

Amidst a backdrop of glittering decadence The Vortex centres on the tempestuous relationship of Florence and her hedonistic son Nicky. With the Mother's desire for younger men driven by her refusal to grow old, and the Son’s obsession with competing for her love, Florence Lancaster insatiable needs are fundamentally the crux of the "Vortex of beastliness" that drives Nicky to his demons.

Much loved for her illustrious television and stage career which includes The Good Life and Rosemary and Thyme, as well as her remarkable sell-out success in Fallen Angels in London's West End, Felicity Kendal returns to the stage in this fantastic brand new production of Noel Coward's highly acclaimed play.

Peter Hall - one of the UK's most prolific and prestigious stage directors - directs a star cast including Dan Stevens best known for his outstanding performance in the BBC drama The Line of Beauty and for the recent West End production of Hay Fever, Phoebe Nicholls 'Cordelia Flyte' from Brideshead Revisited and Annette Badland Cutting it, Dr Who and Bergerac.

Don't miss this stunning new production of Coward's highly acclaimed masterpiece - the play which made his name and sealed his reputation as one of the greats.

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Additional Information


Opening night: 20 February 2008


The Vortex is suitable for audiences aged above 11 years old. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted to the Apollo Theatre.

Run time

2 hours including 2 intermission.s

Cast and Creative


Felicity Kendal
Dan Stevens
Phoebe Nicholls
Annette Badland
Vivian Keene
Daniel Pirrie
Paul Ridley
Timothy Speyer
Cressida Trew
Barry Stanton


Director: Peter Hall
Producer: Bill Kenwright Limited
Designer: Alison Chitty
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Sound: Gregory Clarke


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