Noel Coward was a prolific writer and actor who appeared in numerous productions in the capital during his time. Amongst his well known works was his play “Private Lives”, which brought an old couple back together in a destructive way as their new lives suffer the results.
Private Lives first appeared on a London stage at the Phoenix Theatre in 1930, having previously been seen in theatres across the country on a national tour. Coward himself starred in the original production, which premiered at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh and soon found great success in the capital as Laurence Olivier, Gertrude Lawrence and Adrian Allen rounded out the stellar cast. Later years saw the show return and one example was in 2010 when Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen led the cast at the Vaudeville Theatre.
This time, in 2013, “Private Lives” Once again features an unbeatable cast of actors as Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens appear alongside Anthony Calf and Anna-Louise Plowman at the Gielgud Theatre. The show originally appeared at the Chichester Festival Theatre and these performers all make the transition from that stage.
Toby Stephens is a well known actor whose work spans the screen and stage. He is remembered for his appearance in the 20th Bond movie Die Another Day and he is also known for his work in London theatre with roles such as Danton’s Death at the Olivier National Theatre and A Doll’s House at the Donmar Warehouse. His work has also seen him appear on television and in radio.
Private Lives introduces us to two reckless lovers who reignite a long-dormant passion and betray their new companions along the way. They take the form of Elyot and Amanda, two divorcees who have been separated from one another for several years, meeting new People and remarrying in the interim. However, they come face to face across adjoining hotel balconies when they both happen to honeymoon with their partners in the same location in Southern France. Suddenly a romance they thought they’d left behind is reignited as they continue where they left off without a care in the world.
“Private Lives” is due to begin its run at the Gielgud Theatre on Saturday 22nd June 2013.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 22nd June 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st September 2013|
|Matinees:||Thursday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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