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Private Lives

Closed May 1, 2010

Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen display an onstage chemistry that works like a volatile charm in Richard Eyre's exhilaratingly funny revival

The Independent

Why See Private Lives?


Noel Coward's Private Lives is a three-act 1930s comedy of manners about the propinquity of love and violence. Directed by Richard Eyre, Private Lives is a beautifully perceptive play that captures the bittersweet complexities of passion, where overwhelming feelings lead to rash and absurd action, pain and loss of dignity.

Private Lives tells the story of divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, who can't live with each other, but can't live without each other, either. Five years after their divorce, while both are on honeymoon with their new spouses, they meet again when they discover that by pure chance they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Realising they are still in love, the former husband and wife decide to run away together to Amanda's smart Art Deco flat in Paris. But amidst the powerful feelings of crazed desire, their refreshed romance spirals into bitter bickering, back-biting and recriminations.

Amanda and Elyot are masterfully played by Kim Cattrall, whose work centres largely on film and TV (most notably Sex and the City), and Matthew Macfadyen, of Spooks and Pride and Prejudice fame. Their partnership in this production, though incongruous, has reaped acclaim from critics.

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Previews from: 24 February 2010

Opening night: 4 March 2010


Private Lives is suitable for audiences aged 10 years and upwards.

Run time

2 hours and 15 minutes with a 15 minute interval.

Cast and Creative


Kim Cattrall as Amanda
Matthew MacFadyen as Elyot
Simon Paisley Day as Victor
Lisa Dillon as Sybil


Author: Noel Coward
Director: Richard Eyre

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4 reviews, average rating: (4.8 Stars)

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Ben Tilson: “Delve into Private Lives!”

Cattrall and MacFayen dazzle in this truly magnificent play. The three... more

Anne Hemphill: “Magic.”

Overview--production amazing.Acting magnificent.Beautifully staged and... more

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