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Closed 21 Sep 2013

A Coincidence that Wreaks Havoc

A new revival of the 1930 comedic play written by Noel Coward, this production Private Lives starred Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor. Both are familiar faces in the entertainment world, with Stephens having played a Bond villain on the big screen as well as various Shakespearean roles on stage and Ms. Chancellor being a a well-known theatre, TV and film actress, including the hit movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Private Lives was directed by Jonathan Kent, a well known director of theatre and opera. He was the director of Mozart's Don Giovanni at Glynbourne in 2010. The play opened at the Gielgud Theatre in London on the 3rd July for a two month run after which it was made into a digital production in a collaboration between Cinema Live and the Digital Theatre.

What is Private Lives about?

Elyot is honeymooning with his new wife on the French Riviera, when he unexpectedly meets Amanda who is also on honeymoon and staying in the room next door - they haven't seen each other for five years since their divorce! Realising that they are still in love with one another, they embark on a passionate affair...

Did you Know?

Toby Stephen's mother is Maggie Smith and he is married to Anna Louise Plowman.

Additional Information


Previews from: 22 June 2013

Opening night: 3 July 2013

Closing night: 21 September 2013


Private lives is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards

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What You Say

4 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)

Anina Castle: “Uplifting, Fun And Sheer Entertainment!”

Went to see Private Lives with friends on 20 July, during the heat wave, ... more

Sonja Sparrow: “Private Lives”

What an amazing play this is. Loved it all and so funny... more

Richard: “Toby Stephens Was Brilliant”

Saw Private Lives yesterday and loved it. A really great night out that al... more

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