Theatre returns to Blockley later this month for a play exploring the life of Noel Coward.

Cowardy Custard, performed by BAD Company, arrives at St George’s Hall on Thursday, October 28.

Sue Downing will direct a large cast of actors, singers and dancers for a “fast moving and hilarious production”.

She said: “Given the times we’ve been through over the last 18 or so months, I felt we needed something to lift our spirits.

“Capturing the very essence of bygone glamour and romance, Cowardy Custard seemed a hugely appropriate piece for BAD Company to produce as live theatre returns to Blockley.”

Cotswold Journal: Sue Downing is the director of Cowardy Custard, which opens October 28Sue Downing is the director of Cowardy Custard, which opens October 28

Sue is a relative newcomer to the village and has already appeared in BAD company’s productions of “Blithe Spirit” and “Bazaar & Rummage”.

Previously, she lived in Kidderminster where, with her husband Stephen, she was an active member of the Rose Theatre.

Sue also worked as a volunteer for the charity “Mentor Link” which provides mentoring support to vulnerable and distressed young people.

Cowardy Custard was first presented at London’s Mermaid Theatre in 1972 and ran for 405 performances, featuring scenes and songs created by Coward.

Particular highlights include extracts from Coward’s plays “Private Lives”, “Brief Encounter” and “Hay Fever” as well as songs including “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”, “Don’t Put Your Daughter on the Stage Mrs Worthington”, “Bad Times Are Just Around The Corner” and “Someday I’ll Find You”.

The production runs for three nights, concluding with a black-tie event on Saturday, October 30, with a matinee performance earlier in the day.

Tickets are available from Blockley Shop and further information can be found at