By Noël Coward Director Ralph Myers

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 22 Sept – 11 Nov 2012
  • Duration Approx 90 mins (no interval)

    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.


    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 


    Mish Grigor
    Eloise Mignon
    Zahra Newman
    Toby Schmitz
    Toby Truslove

    Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman
    Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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