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Private Lives – A masterpiece of human observation

Times change. But human beings remain much the same. Which is why Coward’s marvellous play Private Lives is still such a big hitter, as popular as ever despite being more than eighty years old.

Private Lives - The story

Elyot and Amanda were married for three volatile years. They’ve been divorced for five years but, as kindred spirits, they find it very hard to forget one another even though they have both remarried.

Elyot and his new wife Sybil are honeymooning at a smart hotel in Deauville on the French Riviera. They are happy, but she is only too aware that Elyot’s first wife still preys on his mind with worrying intensity and frequency. In the suite next door, Elyot’s first wife Amanda is honeymooning with her second husband Victor, who is shocked by the violence her first husband meted out and can’t quite get it out of his mind.

When they discover they are in adjoining suites at the same hotel, Elyot and Amanda are both desperate to leave. But their spouses refuse and storm off to eat alone. This leaves Elyot and Amanda free to meet, which they do, immediately realising they’ve made a big mistake. They are still in love, and they run away to Paris together.

Having matured a little since their divorce, the older but not much wiser couple do their best to prevent their habitual violent arguments from getting out of hand. The passion is still there… but so are all the bad elements. They can’t live apart, nor can they live together, and the arguments soon get physical, just like in the bad old days.

When Sybil and Victor turn up unexpectedly, only to become embroiled in an argument themselves, will there be a happy ending? You’ll have to see for yourself. It’s explosive, fierce, beautifully observed and as disturbing as ever, a classic brought back to life again for what’s billed to be another sell-out West End run.

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  • Booking until:

    Saturday, 25 November 2023

  • Running time:

    2h (incl. interval)

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Private Lives reviews

4.7 out of 5 based on 42 reviews

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Latest customer reviews

All reviews are from customers who have been invited to leave a review just after seeing Private Lives.


Great Night

Funny and captivating

G Reviewed on 04 December 2023 by
Denbigh, United Kingdom


A definitely must see

A Reviewed on 24 November 2023 by
Kadiköy, Turkey


A great light hearted traditional comedy

A brilliant classical light hearted entertaining comedy played by two brilliant talented actors . If you enjoy t radio all old fashioned classical comedy this is the show to watch .

M Reviewed on 21 November 2023 by
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom


Fun play

Easy to follow. Funny dialogue. Clever acting

C Reviewed on 10 November 2023 by
Ta Xbiex, Malta


Totally relatable! Fabulous

J Reviewed on 03 November 2023 by
Aventura, United States Of America


A brilliantly acted breath of fresh air

A Reviewed on 29 October 2023 by
London, United Kingdom



This was the fourth time I saw it. I enjoyed. It is fin first of all. Noel Coward has a fantastic way with Words snd he is so english. I thought all aktors were very Good. I enjoyed every minut.

I Reviewed on 28 October 2023 by
Grimstad, United Kingdom


Must see . Lighthearted escapism

T Reviewed on 08 October 2023 by
Belgrave, Australia



D Reviewed on 03 October 2023 by
Hull, United Kingdom


A classic brilliantly acted

The storyline is beautifully developed with a clever script. The acting is brilliant and the sets are perfect. Very funny with an underlying common message about relationships.

K Reviewed on 03 October 2023 by
London, United Kingdom


Such a tonic!

Excellent cast and production! Unexpected last minute theatre trip. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

L Reviewed on 26 September 2023 by
Longhorsley Morpeth, United Kingdom


Not to be missed!

W Reviewed on 24 September 2023 by
Saint Louis, United States Of America


Great classic comedy

Timeless British comedy. Attentive staff at Ambassadors theatre. Lovely evening

P Reviewed on 23 September 2023 by
Dublin, Ireland


Comedy At It’s Best

Very funny & superbly acted by all five of the cast. Thoroughly recommend.

R Reviewed on 22 September 2023 by
Camberley, United Kingdom


Good old fashioned 20's light Comedy

Takes you back to 1950s theatre

P Reviewed on 14 September 2023 by
Clapham Junction, United Kingdom


Very enjoyable

Excellent actors & story line.

G Reviewed on 14 September 2023 by
Western Australia, Australia


Wonderful onstage chemistry

A Reviewed on 11 September 2023 by
Chelmsford, United Kingdom


Excellent venue wonderful play

G Reviewed on 08 September 2023 by
Sheffield, United Kingdom


Utter delight

What a witty delightful evening.

L Reviewed on 04 September 2023 by
Sherman Oaks, United States Of America


So amusing and entertaining

J Reviewed on 02 September 2023 by
Hilton Head Island, United States Of America

Please note the reviews below are from an old production of Private Lives.


Greet the actors at the stage door!

A Reviewed on 15 September 2013 by


A good evenings entertainment

The acting and stagings were excellent. A very good evening out.

A Reviewed on 28 August 2013 by


Private Lives

This show was extremely funny from beginning with no dull lapses. Also the acting was superb. One of the best plays I have ever seen.

A Reviewed on 22 August 2013 by


Private Lives

Fab acting, good story which had the audience gripped and laughing throughout . Def recommend a visit

A Reviewed on 16 August 2013 by


Coward hits the mark again

A Reviewed on 06 August 2013 by


Overall performance

Stunning, captivating and hilariously funny. Not to be missed - superb acting by all

A Reviewed on 29 July 2013 by


Good fun!

A Reviewed on 30 June 2013 by

10 Oct
Emmie Newitt

Best London plays to see in Autumn 2023

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, October 10 2023, 11:34

Autumn has arrived, even if records of 29 degrees across the UK in recent weeks has made it feel like Summer has hung around for a little longer recently. Now the nights are drawing in slightly earlier, instead of heading straight home for an evening on the sofa - why not spend your time with a trip to one of London’s theatres.

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Best London plays to see in Autumn 2023
27 Sep
Emmie Newitt

September Monthly Roundup

by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, September 27 2023, 15:27

With September wrapped up, it's been another month of exciting new announcements and we’ve reviewed lots of the best shows that London has to offer too! Exciting news over the last month is that a beloved musical will return to London in 2024 and fans of SIX will be thrilled by the announcement of a new West End cast. Here’s our September monthly roundup for you:

september theatre news roundupThe Little Big Things Musical, The Devil Wears Prada and Andrew Scott in Vanya.

September Monthly Roundup
13 Sep
Emmie Newitt

Production images released of Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in PRIVATE LIVES

by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, September 13 2023, 08:59

Noël Coward’s scintillating comic masterpiece is playing for a limited time in the West End.

private lives ambassadors theatrePatricia Hodge and Nigel Havers in Private Lives. Photo Tristram Kenton

Production images released of Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in PRIVATE LIVES
04 Jul
Emmie Newitt

Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in West End transfer of PRIVATE LIVES

by Emmie Newitt | Tuesday, July 4 2023, 10:50

Noël Coward’s scintillating comic masterpiece PRIVATE LIVES starring Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge heads to the West End this Autumn.

private lives ambassadors theatrePatricia Hodge and Nigel Havers in Private Lives.

Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in West End transfer of PRIVATE LIVES
27 Oct
Phil Willmott

Can a new West End production of PRIVATE LIVES eclipse our memory of the last one?

by Phil Willmott | Tuesday, October 27 2015, 16:14

Tom Chambers and Laura Rogers It’s been announced that the Ambassadors Theatre Group, the West End’s most powerful producers are mounting a new production of Noel Coward’s popular comedy PRIVATE LIVES. The production will tour major UK venues before it pitches up in London at a venue to be announced.

Can a new West End production of PRIVATE LIVES eclipse our memory of the last one?