Cowardfest Draws Crowd to Celebrate British Playwright

Cowardfest Draws Crowd to Celebrate British Playwright

By Sarah Klein

Coward FestWINNIPEG — An 18-day festival featuring the works of British playwright Noe?l Coward attracted 10,457 people this year.

Cowardfest 2015 wrapped up last Sunday and included Coward’s extensive body of theatrical work during the 15th annual Master Playwright Festival across the city.

Organizers say there was 111 ticketed performances and the festival’s free lecture and film events drew approximately 357 people.

“Once again, I was thrilled to see the incredible support of our community’s enthusiastic theatre patrons and the dedication and commitment of our hard-working artists and performing companies, who continue to embrace the celebration of the Master Playwright Festival,” said Chuck McEwen, executive producer of the Master Playwright Festival.

“It seems that Noe?l Coward’s unique brand of humour was exactly what theatre goers were looking for.”

Next year’s festival will centre around British Playwright Alan Ayckbourn, who has written and produced more than 70 full-length plays that have appeared on London’s most prolific stages.

2016 Master Playwright: Alan Ayckbourn runs February 3-21, 2016.