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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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Reviewed on 24 November 2023 by Ahmet, Kadiköy, Turkey
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 .
Reviewed on 21 November 2023 by Margaret, Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Easy to follow. Funny dialogue. Clever acting
Reviewed on 10 November 2023 by Carmen, Ta Xbiex, Malta
Reviewed on 03 November 2023 by Janie, Aventura, United States Of America
Reviewed on 29 October 2023 by Anna, 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.
Reviewed on 28 October 2023 by Inge, Grimstad, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 October 2023 by Trevor, Belgrave, Australia
Reviewed on 03 October 2023 by Denise, Hull, United Kingdom
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.
Reviewed on 03 October 2023 by Kathleen, London, United Kingdom
Excellent cast and production! Unexpected last minute theatre trip. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed on 26 September 2023 by Louise, Longhorsley Morpeth, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 24 September 2023 by William, Saint Louis, United States Of America
Timeless British comedy. Attentive staff at Ambassadors theatre. Lovely evening
Reviewed on 23 September 2023 by Padraig, Dublin, Ireland
Very funny & superbly acted by all five of the cast. Thoroughly recommend.
Reviewed on 22 September 2023 by Rosie, Camberley, United Kingdom
Takes you back to 1950s theatre
Reviewed on 14 September 2023 by Paul, Clapham Junction, United Kingdom
Excellent actors & story line.
Reviewed on 14 September 2023 by Glenda, Western Australia, Australia
Reviewed on 11 September 2023 by Alison, Chelmsford, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 08 September 2023 by George, Sheffield, United Kingdom
What a witty delightful evening.
Reviewed on 04 September 2023 by Leslie, Sherman Oaks, United States Of America
Reviewed on 02 September 2023 by Janice, Hilton Head Island, United States Of America
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
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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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by Emmie Newitt | Wednesday, September 27 2023, 15:27
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The Little Big Things Musical, The Devil Wears Prada and Andrew Scott in Vanya.September Monthly Roundup
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.
Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers in Private Lives. Photo Tristram KentonProduction images released of Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in PRIVATE LIVES
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.
Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers in Private Lives.Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge in West End transfer of PRIVATE LIVES
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?