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Private Lives starring Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge at Ambassadors ...

Tickets from £25.00

Private Lives at the Ambassadors Theatre from Thursday 31st August to Saturday 25th November 2023.

Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge star in a sparkling new production of Noel Coward’s immortal comedy of bad manners in the parts originally played by Coward himself and Gertrude Lawrence in the play’s 1930 premiere.
Ex-spouses Elyot and Amanda are honeymooning with their new partners in the South of France only to find themselves, to their horror, in adjacent hotel rooms. As their passion rekindles, they decide to elope to Amanda’s flat in Paris only to resume the vicious slanging match that drove them apart in the first place.

Timeless in its witty dissection of sex, marriage and monogamy, Coward’s masterpiece – staged now to mark the 50th anniversary of his death in 1973 – continues to dazzle audiences throughout the world.

Book tickets for Private Lives at the Ambassadors Theatre from Thursday 31st August to Saturday 25th November 2023.

Performances:
Mon – Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30

Ambassadors Theatre
West St, London WC2H 9ND

Private Lives is a comedy of manners by Noël Coward, first produced in 1930. The play concerns a divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda, who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realise that they still have feelings for each other.

The play is notable for its witty dialogue, sharp observations about human nature, and its exploration of the complex nature of love and marriage. Coward’s script is full of clever barbs and witty retorts, as Elyot and Amanda spar with each other in a way that is both hilarious and cutting. The play also explores the darker side of love, as Elyot and Amanda’s relationship is ultimately doomed by their own flaws and insecurities.

Private Lives has been praised by critics for its wit, its insights into human nature, and its timeless appeal. The play has been revived numerous times over the years, and it continues to be performed all over the world.

Here are some additional unique facts about the play:

  • The play’s title is a reference to the fact that the characters are constantly trying to keep their private lives private.
  • The play was originally written for Gertrude Lawrence and Noël Coward, who also starred in the original production.
  • The play’s second act love scene was nearly censored in Britain as too risqué.
  • The play’s most famous line is “We’ve met before, haven’t we?”, which is spoken by Elyot and Amanda when they first meet again.
  • The play has been adapted into several films, including a 1931 film starring Coward and Lawrence, and a 2007 film starring Matthew Goode and Jessica Biel.
  • Private Lives is a classic comedy of manners that is still as relevant and entertaining today as it was when it was first written. The play is a witty and insightful exploration of love, marriage, and the human condition.
  • If you’re looking for a funny and thought-provoking play to see, then Private Lives is definitely worth checking out.
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