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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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Private Lives – Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Private Lives - Mercury Theatre Colchester

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Esther Richardson Reviewer: Michael Gray   “Quite amusing. A bit dated.” That was a soundbite in the rush to the bar after Act Two. Possibly the same gentleman who was gently snoring during the quieter Deauville scenes. I hope he stayed (awake) to see stuffy, “I’m glad I’m normal”, Prynne kissed unexpectedly on the lips… Despite ...

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Private Lives – Bath Theatre Royal

Private Lives 2016 UK Tour Production Image

Writer: Noel Coward Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Kris Hallett   Noel Coward knocked out Private Lives in just four days, and in the process created one of the great comic plays of the theatre. Brimming with bon mots, stinging one-liners and wrapping it round three perfectly constructed acts, he also created two of his great roles in Elyot and Amanda. ...

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Private Lives – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Private Lives - Richard Teverson, Laura Rogers, Tom Chambers, Charlotte Ritchie

Writer: Noël Coward Director: Tom Attenborough Reviewer: Scott Matthewman   Noël Coward’s 1930 comedy Private Lives is widely regarded as one of his comic masterpieces. Starting with two divorcees discovering, to their horror, that they are honeymooning with their respective new spouses in adjoining hotel suites, Coward’s script contains plenty of smart one-liners and deft send-ups of the social mores ...

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