Private Lives (Donmar Warehouse)
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Private Lives (Donmar Warehouse)

Private Lives (Donmar Warehouse) London Reviews and Tickets

(7 Ratings)
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Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

Stephen Mangan stars in this revival of Noël Coward’s dark comedy.

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161 Reviews | 29 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want an excellently acted version of a classic. Still funny, but a little bit serious and shouty in places. Beautiful staging as ever.

Don't see it if you don’t like old fashioned and quite wordy plays. As much as I love Noël Coward, his work hasn’t necessarily aged brilliantly.

601 Reviews | 106 Followers
Uncomfortable, Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You’d appreciated both the strong performances and the frank way in which the toxicity of this relationship is laid bare.

Don't see it if you’re triggered by domestic violence or just don’t want to watch it play out onstage.

120 Reviews | 13 Followers
Great writing, Clever, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood for a clever comedy about love and relationships and want to see some good acting (also a good show for a date).

Don't see it if poking fun at abandoning spouses for a spur-of-the-moment seemingly better person (and/or some domestic violence) isn't for you. Read more

58 Reviews | 6 Followers
Great staging, Funny

See it if you are looking for a fun time at the theatre.

Don't see it if you aren't a big comedy fan.

91 Reviews | 5 Followers
Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like plays with funny - typical British - scripts.

Don't see it if You are expecting great acting. Read more

99 Reviews | 11 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Interesting 21st century version of this classic play. Not wholly successful but a worthwhile attempt.

Don't see it if You just want frothy Coward comedy.

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
Delightful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love a good dark comedy with a deeper message

Don't see it if You’re sensitive to domestic abuse

Critic Reviews (14)

The London Evening Standard
April 14th, 2023

“This show was clearly planned as a crowd-pleaser, a reappraisal of a classic and a star vehicle, but it doesn’t fully satisfy on any of those counts.”
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Time Out London
April 14th, 2023

"Longhurst’s production isn’t revisionist. But it strips away the protective barrier of everything being one big joke; it injects naturalism to this most stylised of comedies, and in doing so makes it much bleaker."
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The Telegraph (UK)
April 14th, 2023

“Stephen Mangan and Rachael Stirling lead a revival that features not the usual harmless lovers' ding-dong but distressing domestic violence.”
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April 14th, 2023

“It is drama of such knife-edge ferocity that it’s impossible to turn away. You want to cry, even as you are laughing.”
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The Arts Desk
April 21st, 2023

"Some will complain (and have) that the result negates the comedy coursing through this time-honored text; I would argue that the laughs are still there, tempered in this instance by an awareness of the lacerations oftentimes inflicted by love."
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London Theatre
April 15th, 2023

“ swings the pendulum wildly in the other direction — yielding interesting results, but trampling over much of the play’s pleasures in the process.”
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The Times (UK)
April 14th, 2023

“...Rachael Stirling and Stephen Mangan as Coward’s fatefully reunited divorcees, puts its pain more firmly centre stage than usual. The results are mixed, and lower on laughs than you expect. And yet it’s an interesting evening.”
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The Times (UK)
April 14th, 2023

“The results are peculiar, frustrating, surprising, not as funny as you’d like them to be . . . but always interesting.”
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