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Noel Coward’s Private Lives at Richmond Theatre

Tom Chambers and Laura Roberts Private Lives.
Tom Chambers and Laura Roberts
Private Lives. Credit: Shaun Webb

Private Lives opens tonight, Monday 15th February 2016, at Richmond Theatre, running through to Saturday 20th February 2016, as part of a national tour.

This glittering production of one of the greatest plays of all time, includes Olivier Award-nominated TV and stage star TOM CHAMBERS (star of Top Hat the musical and Strictly Come Dancing winner) as the lovable and charming Elyot and Laura Rogers (Tipping the Velvet) as the unconventional and vivacious Amanda. Also starring Charlotte Ritchie (Call the MidwifeFresh Meat and Siblings) and Richard Teverson (Downton Abbey).

An elegant evening of wit and glamour that bubbles with sex and promises to be a deliciously delectable and unforgettable classic.

Private Lives is one of Noel Coward’s most successful and frequently performed plays, sitting somewhere between farce and social commentary it tells the story of a divorced couple who find themselves honeymooning with their new spouses in hotel rooms next door to each other.

First premiered over 85 years ago, aside from the individual performances, the repeated threats of domestic violence were at times a little unsettling and were met with gasps by some audience members and understandable so. Elyot’s (Tom Chambers) casual remarks that he would like to “cut off (his wife’s) head with a meat axe” are shocking to hear when one is not accustomed to the dialogue.

Private Lives
Monday 15th to Saturday 20th February 2106
Richmond Theatre

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th February 2016
Theatre Royal Glasgow

Monday 29th February to Saturday 5th March 2016
Princess Theatre Torquay

Monday 7th to Saturday 12th March 2016
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre


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