AMANDA: Darling, I believe you’re talking nonsense.
ELYOT: So is everyone else in the long run. Let’s be superficial and pity the poor Philosophers. Let’s blow trumpets and squeakers, and enjoy the party as much as we can, like very small, quite idiotic school-children. Let’s savour the delight of the moment. Come and kiss me, darling, before your body rots, and worms pop in and out of your eye sockets.
Amanda has just married Victor and gone on her honeymoon. Elyot has just married Sybil and gone on his honeymoon. To the same hotel. Elyot and Amanda are about to find out all over again why they got divorced in the first place.
The censors did their best to ban the play when Coward wrote it in 1930 (as a vehicle for himself) and it has been refusing to behave for 80 years now. Its wit is definitive, its plotting almost perfect, and its critique of modernity dazzling. The great theatrical adventurer Ralph Myers finally gives himself a directing gig and his task is almost ridiculously pleasurable: to direct Zahra Newman and Toby Schmitz in Private Lives.
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By Noël Coward
Director & Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Alice Babidge
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Kit Brookman
Fight Director Scott Witt
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Mel Dyer
At a scintillating 90 minutes, Private Lives is hugely enjoyable and beautifully done.Diana Simmonds | Stage Noise
This startlingly fresh production is, as Coward intended, very sexy and very funny.John McCallum | The Australian
With Private Lives, Myers has really pulled a very funny, successful, likeable, unpretentious rabbit out of his terry-towelling hat, adding a few light touches of his own.Lloyd Bradford Syke | Crikey