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Private Lives – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.   

 Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Bill Avenell If Mr. Bridger, the criminal mastermind of the 1968 film The Italian Job, had ever written a play it would have been Private Lives, a clever fantasy about self-centered and thoroughly unpleasant people who don’t get their comeuppance. Clever it certainly is with much of the witty and pacey dialogue that ...

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Private Lives – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Helen Tope It is a story we could finish for ourselves. Two sets of newlyweds meet whilst honeymooning in the French Riviera. Elyot Chase – married to Sibyl – is horrified when he discovers his previous wife, Amanda, and her new husband, rooming next door. Words are exchanged, looks; sparks fly. We think we know how this should end, but ...

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Private Lives – Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: Michael Gray Coward’s frothy comedy of manners was concocted – as a vehicle for the Master and Miss Gertie Lawrence – at break-neck speed. And that’s how it’s delivered by London Classic Theatre, in Chelmsford for the 12th date of its national tour. All over in an hour and three-quarters, including the interval. Realistic ...

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Private Lives – Festival Theatre, Malvern

A man and a woman stand back to back

Writer: Nöel Coward Director: Michael Cabot Reviewer: David Robinson A play by the inimitable and classy Noel Coward is a commendable and belated addition to the distinguished catalogue of productions from London Classic Theatre. He suits their style and approach to high tone like a perfectly tailored silky black tuxedo. Private Lives, first produced in 1930 opened to mixed reviews, ...

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Private Lives – Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Hannah Fretwell and Darren Haywood as Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives at Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Oliver Hume Reviewer:  Selwyn Knight Famously written in four days as a vehicle for Noël Coward and Gertrude Lawrence, Private Lives must have been quite shocking to 1930s audiences, dealing, as it does, quite explicitly with marital infidelity. Elyot and Amanda had a stormy and violent marriage and after three years divorced. Now five years later, ...

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Hay Fever – Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

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Writer: Noel Coward Director: Dominic Hill Reviewer: Harriet Brace A touch of Coward comedy is just the ticket as Glasgow prepares to welcome Spring. With a country house setting, bright young things, talk of open air and silly games, Hay Fever breaths fresh life into a city finally emerging from Winter and follows a Citz season heavy with dark, brooding ...

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Wanting the Moon – Bread and Roses Theatre, London

Writer and performer: Rose Collis Director: Keith Drinkel Reviewer: Scott Matthewman By all accounts, Clemence Dane was a fascinating person. Born Winifred Ashton in 1888, she gained her greatest fame after assuming a pseudonym based on the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand. An actor, artist, novelist and playwright, after moving into screenplay writing she won an Oscar, ...

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Home Chat – Finborough Theatre, London

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Martin Parr Reviewer: Daniel Perks In a decade on the brink of change, a familial unit is found caught between worlds. The matriarchs of the Ebony household, Agnes Ebony (Polly Adams) and Violet Chilham (Joanna David), take a conservative view of life – women should not be free to travel without spouses on trains, or to ...

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