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★★★★ “Fabulous” – Telegraph ★★★★ “Scintillating” – Guardian

A powerful revival of Noel Coward’s play The Vortex, starring Lia Williams and Joshua James.

Daniel Raggett, nominee for the 2022 Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award, directs this new production in which Florence and Nicky Lancaster are played by real-life mother and son, multi award-winner Lia Williams (The Crown, Mary Stuart), and Ian Charleson Award nominee Joshua James (Platonov, The Seagull).

Noël Coward’s brilliantly witty and stinging portrait of the darkness beneath the glittering surface of the Jazz Age is as vivid today as when it premiered, causing a sensation and catapulting its young writer to his first great success.

Noël Coward’s The Vortex was playing at Chichester Festival Theatre. There is no current news on a West End transfer for The Vortex but check back for updates, or sign-up for our email alerts.

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Running time
1 hour 30 minutes (no interval)

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What's the story of The Vortex?

The roaring twenties. A world in flux. The magnetic Florence Lancaster draws people to her like moths to a flame. But when her son Nicky arrives home from Paris with an unexpected fiancée and a secret, it sets off a chain of events which threatens to pull them all into a maelstrom.

Who is in the cast of The Vortex?

Lia Williams stars as Florence Lancaster, with Joshua James as Nicky Lancaster, Jessica Alade as Clara, Priyanga Burford as Helen, Richard Cant as Pawnie, Sean Delaney as Tom, Hugh Ross as David, Evan Milton as Bruce, and Esme Scarborough as Preston.

Who are the creative team of The Vortex?

Directed by Daniel Raggett, with set design by Joanna Scotcher, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, music and sound design by Giles Thomas, movement by Michela Meazza and casting by Lotte Hines CDG.


Reviews

★★★★ "Lia Williams and her son Joshua James make a scintillating double act in a resonant revival of the 1924 hit" - The Guardian
★★★★ "Fabulous new life for Noël Coward’s scandalous drama" - The Telegraph

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The Vortex starring Lia Williams – more cast announced
The Vortex starring Lia Williams – more cast announced
Chichester Festival Theatre has revealed more casting for its forthcoming revival of Noël Coward’s The Vortex. The play will run in Chichester from 28 April to 20 May 2023. Already announced to play mother and son Florence and Nicky Lancaster are acclaimed, multi-award winning actor Lia Williams and her real-life son, actor Joshua James. Also Priyanga Burford (BBC's Industry) will play Helen. Joining them are Killing Eve star Sean Delaney as Tom, who recently starred in Brilliant Jerks at Southwark Playhouse; plus Jessica Alade as Clara, Richard Cant as Pawnie, Hugh Ross as David, Evan Milton as Bruce, and Esme Scarborough as Preston. Directed by 2022 Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award nominee Daniel Raggett, this revival of one of Noel Coward's earliest works comes 50 years after the playwrights death, and is a brilliantly witty and stinging portrait of the darkness beneath the glittering surface of the Jazz Age. It caused a sensation when it opened in 1924, and made the young Noel Coward a star. Lia Williams’s multi award-winning roles include Wallis Simpson in The Crown, Dr Cooper in His Dark Materials, and on stage Mary Stuart (Almeida & West End) and John Gabriel Borkman (The Bridge). Joshua James returns to the Festival Theatre where he appeared in the Young Chekhov trilogy as Nikolai in Platonov and Konstantin in The Seagull, for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. The Vortex will have set design by Joanna Scotcher, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, music and sound design by Giles Thomas, movement by Michela Meazza and casting by Lotte Hines CDG. More about tickets to The Vortex
Lia Williams to star in Noel Coward’s The Vortex in Chichester
Lia Williams to star in Noel Coward’s The Vortex in Chichester
Award-winning actress Lia Williams is set to star in a revival of Noel Coward's play The Vortex at Chichester Festival Theatre, as part of their new 2023 season. Daniel Raggett, nominated for a 2022 Evening Standard Emerging Talent Award, directs this new production in which Florence and Nicky Lancaster are played by real-life mother and son, Lia Williams and Joshua James. The cast also include Priyanga Burford (Consent, BBC/HBO's Industry) as Helen. The Vortex at Chichester - Casting The Vortex is one of Noel Coward's first plays and caused a sensation when it first played in London in 1924, making the young Coward a star. Set in the roaring twenties, in a world in flux, the magnetic Florence Lancaster (Lia Williams) draws people to her like moths to a flame. But when her son Nicky (Joshua James) arrives home from Paris with an unexpected fiancée and a secret, it sets off a chain of events which threatens to pull them all into a maelstrom. Lia Williams was most recently in the West End in John Gabriel Borkman at The Bridge theatre. Her other multi award-winning roles include Wallis Simpson in The Crown, Dr Cooper in His Dark Materials, and on stage in Mary Stuart (Almeida & West End) with Juliet Stevenson. Joshua James returns to the Festival Theatre where he appeared in the Young Chekhov trilogy as Nikolai in Platonov and Konstantin in The Seagull - for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award. The Vortex creative team also includes set design by Joanna Scotcher, costume design by Evie Gurney, lighting design by Zoe Spurr, music and sound design by Giles Thomas, and casting by Lotte Hines CDG. The Vortex runs in the Festival Theatre in Chichester from 28 April to 20 May 2023. More about tickets to The Vortex Read more about Chichester's new season for 2023

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