Jeremy Noble was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge,
where he won a half-blue for polo, and drove a black Ferrari.
In the traditional way he has made and spent several fortunes,
and now writes for a living.
He has lived in St Petersburg and in Moscow for a number of years.
He has been the Arts Editor for the St Petersburg News (Times),
the Editor-in-Chief for Passport magazine in Moscow, a critic for
the London Literary Review, and has written about dance for the
Washington Post and Dance Magazine in New York.
For two seasons he co-presented the Kirov Ballet during its summer season
at the Hermitage Theatre, the private theatre of the State Hermitage Museum.
The dancers included some of the most talented Russian stars: Diana Vishneva,
Farukh Ruzimatov, Andrei Batalov, Anastasia Volochkova.
He has written three publications about Russian ballet: Kirov Ballet; A Century
of Russian Ballet, Diary 2000; and Millennium of Russian Ballet, Diary 2001;
and also produced several calendars.
His first play Smith was seen off-off Broadway in New York. He
has had two plays rejected so far by the National Theatre in London,
and his latest play Marlene Made Me was shortlisted for the UK International
Playwrighting Festival 2004, and is scheduled for a production in
Moscow in 2005/6.
His first film work has been for the director Alexander Sokurov,
writing the English-language dialogue for Sokurov's latest film
The Sun (2004).
He is revising a play about a woman who lives in her car in Moscow;
writing a new play called A Port in a Storm, set in the 18th century
in St Petersburg (about the Peacock Clock); and also writing a screenplay
about Yuri Gagarin, set in a hotel room in California (after Gagarin
came back to Earth).
He writes advertising copy, and numbers amongst his clients luxury
hotels, travel companies, and the City Administration of St Petersburg.
His publishing business produces notecards, postcards, posters,
wrapping paper, address books, bookmarks and the like. He specialises
in re-producing images of Russian culture, particularly Russian
ballet and Russian opera. He is an admirer of Diaghilev and uses
some of the images of the Ballets Russes in his printed publications.
The Russian Avant-Garde immediately after the 1917 Revolution (up
to 1932) is another speciality, and a new range of stationery and
gifts will include images from this period.
For many years he has been buying and selling Russian collectibles
and objets d'art.
He has been collecting Russian contemporary art also for many years,
and buys and sells the works of the artists and photographers he
likes and admires, such as the late Timur Novikov, Georgiy Guryanov,
Nikolai Leontiev, Igor Baskakov and Serge Golovach.