Private Lives (West End) London Reviews and Tickets
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.
Following a short courtship, Amanda and Elyot unexpectedly meet again while on their honeymoons with their new partners. Despite their mutual animosity, they soon find themselves rekindled with their old passion for each other and flee to Amanda's Paris apartment to rekindle their affair.
BAFTA nominee Nigel Havers & Olivier Award-winner Patricia Hodge star in this new production commemorating the 50th anniversary of Noël Coward’s death at the newly refurbished Ambassadors Theatre.
Christopher Luscombe ('The Rocky Horror Show') directs this production, which is recommended for ages 8+.
“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.”
“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.”
"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."