Seven BBC radio full-cast productions of Noel Cowards classic plus bonus material including a profile of Coward and extracts from his diaries.

Renowned for his wit, style and sophistication, Noel Coward was one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century. His plays, set in the glittering world of high society in which he lived, are much admired and have remained in the popular theatre repertoire to this day.

This collection brings together the very best radio adaptations of Cowards works, encompassing sparkling comedies of manners ‘Private Lives’ and ‘Hay Fever’, farcical ghost story ‘Blithe Spirit’, and daring manage trois drama ‘Design for Living’. Here, too, is his controversial first hit ‘The Vortex’; the poignant ‘Still Life’ (the inspiration for the film Brief Encounter); and the semi-autobiographical ‘Present Laughter’.

Among the star-studded cast are Helena Bonham-Carter, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Roger Allam, Harriet Walter, Paul Rhys, Stephanie Cole and Paul Scofield.

Also included is a BBC World Service profile of Noel Coward, comprising interviews, musical extracts and archive clips; and the BBC Radio 4 programme From His Diaries, featuring a selection of passages from Coward’s journal read by Simon Cadell.