Private Lives (West End)
Private Lives (West End)

Private Lives (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(67 Ratings)
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Great acting, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing

About the Show

Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge star in this new production of Noël Coward’s dark comedy.

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99 Reviews | 10 Followers
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Classic, Great writing

See it if you like traditional theatres. It’s got everything you hope for classic comedy from intelligent writing to great performances.

Don't see it if you prefer it to be adjusted in line with today’s pc. You may need to remember it was written back in 1930s.

64 Reviews | 5 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to laugh with a classic wonderful play

Don't see it if You don't like comedy

171 Reviews | 20 Followers
Delightful, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like a play with sharp witty screenplay

Don't see it if You know what's coming as it's quite predictable

85 Reviews | 5 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see a classic funny play

Don't see it if you want spectacle

209 Reviews | 41 Followers
Intelligent, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you love classic plays with old fashioned humour

Don't see it if your expecting laugh out loud or big spectacles

132 Reviews | 10 Followers
Classic, Funny

See it if you want a safely staged version of a Noel Coward classic comedy. You want to see Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge

Don't see it if you are not after chocolate boxish Home Counties humour. This is faithfully version and of its time which is definitely not 2023.

301 Reviews | 15 Followers
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Dated

See it if You're not a fan of the classics

Don't see it if A very dated piece, and fairly predictable.

32 Reviews | 1 Follower
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if Great comedy. Jokes true to life.. laughted throughtout.. great actors.. stage set brilliant.. loved this..

Don't see it if If you hste comedy..

Critic Reviews (9)

September 14th, 2023

"This is a safe and settled delivery of 'Private Lives', but one bristling with chemistry between two beautiful older troupers."
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The London Evening Standard
September 14th, 2023

“Veiled in comedy, the play discusses religion, morality and mortality...It’s a meticulous piece of dumbshow [performed by] consummate pros.”
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The Times (UK)
September 14th, 2023

“Nothing remotely as radical is on offer in Christopher Luscombe’s production, which trundles rather than glides towards its tempestuous conclusion... The best of the repartee still sparkles, but I’ll admit that I spent much of the evening admiring the designer Simon Higlett’s Deauville hotel façade and the luscious, semicircular evocation of Amanda’s Paris apartment.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 14th, 2023

“Christopher Luscombe’s witty, handsome revival succeeds because it trusts the material, allowing the profundity to quietly transcend the flippancy.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
September 14th, 2023

“This production of ‘Private Lives’ was a faithful recreation of a well-loved classic...While I still enjoyed this production immensely, it didn’t feel as slick as it could have been with some real uneven moments letting the overall high quality down. With many fantastic qualities going for it including the chance to see some legendary actors in a relatively intimate theatre, this is still a show audiences are sure to love.”
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Time Out London
September 14th, 2023

"There might not be anything truly novel in here, but it is hard to knock time spent with such delightfully exuberant actors."
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London Theatre
September 14th, 2023

"It’s probably heresy to suggest that this play might not always be quite as witty as it thinks it is. To paraphrase, too much flippancy can be annoying, but stuffiness is worse. For Amanda and Elyot, at their age, life is too short to take things seriously."
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The Stage (UK)
September 14th, 2023

"This is solid and safe as revivals go, but it is another welcome chance to hear Coward’s delicious musings on love, and Hodge keeps us rapt throughout."
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