Coward was given a preliminary development reading at Soho Theatre to an audience of industry insiders and colleagues.

After this event, the playwright David Eldridge remarked on his blog - "(t)he play's quite an achievement in it's own way as Charlton sets the bar high for himself in creating a fictional Noel Coward - but he pulls it off. I came away thinking his fictional Coward is every bit as successful as Peter Morgan's versions of Frost, Nixon, Longford, Blair and HM the Queen. A fiction yes - but capturing something of the truth of the man I felt. ... an intelligent, accessible play written with dash, wit and real comic brio."

The Soho reading featured Daniel Crossley (Cole Lesley), John Paul Micaleff (Leonard Marlowe) and Adam Napier (Noël Coward).

A promotional brochure printed for the reading is available here.

In June 2012, Just Some Theatre Company, a new production company based in the North West of England, presented Coward for performances at The Met, Bury and The Adelphi, Preston as part of their three production inaugural tour. The cast was Tom Kilby (Cole), Tom Heritage (Leonard) and Jake Urry (Noël). The director was Peter Stone.

The success of these performances encouraged Just Some to revive the play for a longer tour in 2013 as well as record Coward for release as an audio drama. Both tour and audio recording have been made possible by highly successful fundraising campaigns on the crowd funding site Sponsume, including much appreciated Twitter support from Stephen Fry.

The 2013 tour dates are

6th September - Victoria Hall in Settle.
12th, 13th, 14th September - Marlborough Theatre in Brighton.
20th September - Create in Mansfield.
27th September - Pavillion Arts Centre in Buxton.
22nd October - 10th November - The White Bear in London.

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