Private Lives a temple to Noel Coward’s genius. Havers and Hodge are perfect’ Daily Telegraph ****
‘Hugely amusing an elegant period design, a woundingly witty evening’ Times ****
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.
Elyot and Amanda are glamorous, rich, reckless . . . and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a Riviera hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses. This chance encounter instantly reignites their passion, and they fling themselves headlong into a whirlwind of love and lust once more, without a thought for partners present or turbulences past.
This much-anticipated transfer is set to blaze across the West End stage this summer in an explosive production that proves Noël Coward still has the power to thrill, provoke and delight.
Now taking bookings for performances up until Sat 25th November 2023.
Show times for each day are below.
Superb revival of Noël Coward’s play. Two hours of comic bliss
A dazzling, razor-sharp revival that crackles with sexual electricity
Head-clutchingly funny, provoking helpless snorts of mirth even with single words
Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens are irresistibly well-matched
Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor give the most scorchingly sexy, intensely connected performances in London
Bus routes: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 19, 38, 24, 29, 176
Night buses: (Charing Cross Road) 14, 24, 176, N5, N19, N29, N38, N41, N279
Nearest rail: Charing Cross
Tube lines: Piccadilly, Northern
Nearest tube: Leicester Square
Directions from Leicester Square :
(5mins) Take Cranbourn Street away from Leicester Square until St Martin’s Lane, where you head left up to West Street. The theatre’s on your left past St Martin’s Theatre.
Car park: Chinatown (5mins)
In congestion zone?: Yes
Infrared hearing loop
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Ambassadors Theatre, London
Running time: 2h (incl. interval)
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