2023 Festival Event

Oliver Soden
photo by Sarah Lee

Oliver Soden in conversation with Patricia Hodge

Award-winning writer Oliver Soden joins the celebrated actress Patricia Hodge, to discuss the mercurial talents of Noël Coward.  Masquerade is the first cradle-to-grave account of the playwright’s life for thirty years and is based on access to unpublished diaries and correspondence.  The book reveals a deeply complex man.  Oliver and Patricia share their perspectives of this iconic and extraordinary figure, who was simultaneously a writer and composer, an actor, humorist, playboy, patriot and (possibly) a spy. 

Oliver Soden is the author of the critically acclaimed Michael Tippett: The Biography and Jeoffry: The Poet’s Cat, which were both awarded Book of the Year status in the Times Literary Supplement

Oliver Soden - Masquerade

Patricia Hodge is a leading actress of the stage, film and television.  She is an Oliver Award winner and has starred in many productions.  Recent work includes the award-winning film, The Laureate (2021) and the popular television series All Creatures Great and Small (2020-22).

Patricia Hodge

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