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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.
Private Lives theatre tickets – Emotional, high-octane stuff
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Private Lives reviews
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (47%)
Latest customer reviews
Greet the actors at the stage door!
Reviewed on 15 September 2013 by Anonymous
The acting and stagings were excellent. A very good evening out.
Reviewed on 28 August 2013 by Anonymous
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.
Reviewed on 22 August 2013 by Anonymous
Fab acting, good story which had the audience gripped and laughing throughout . Def recommend a visit
Reviewed on 16 August 2013 by Anonymous
Reviewed on 06 August 2013 by Anonymous
Stunning, captivating and hilariously funny. Not to be missed - superb acting by all
Reviewed on 29 July 2013 by Anonymous
Reviewed on 30 June 2013 by Anonymous
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
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?