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 No�l Coward still has the power to thrill, provoke and delight.