Part of the Noel Coward Film FestivalNoël Coward is undoubtedly one of Britain's finest novelists, playwrights, actors and directors all rolled into one. His reputation, body of work, and style continue to influence and impress modern artists and audiences. In celebration of that, Regent Street Cinema has launched a season of films dedicated to all those creations in which he had a hand.
Based on one of the short plays from the 10-play cycle Tonight At 8:30, The Astonished Heart tells the story of Christian Faber, a famous psychiatrist (Coward), happily married to Barbara (Celia Johnson), becoming tragically infatuated with good-time girl Leonora (Margaret Leighton). Having written and starred, Coward left the directing in the capable hands of Terence Fisher and Anthony Darnborough.
Regent Cinema – Britain's oldest cinema – was the first place in the country to ever show moving pictures, kickstarting British cinema with a screening of Cinematographe in 1896. Since its reopening in May 2015 the staff have been dedicated to both engaging with the cinemas legacy and ensuring its future for audiences and filmmakers.
Certificate: U. Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes. Please arrive on time as latecomers may not be admitted.