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Nigel Havers & Patricia Hodge star in Noel Coward’s comedy of manners, back in London for the 50th anniversary of the playwright's death.

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Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge star in a fantastic revival of Noel Coward’s classic comedy of manners Private Lives, promising witty repartee, bickering and affection. The story of ex-spouses who are unexpectedly thrown back together while on holiday is an enduring delight for theatregoers. It lights up the Ambassadors Theatre for a limited season this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Coward’s death in 1973.

What is Private Lives about?

One of Noel Coward’s most famous plays, this is the story of ex-spouses Elyot and Amanda. Since parting, they have both moved on to new relationships and even remarried. Now, they’re on their honeymoons… and they’ve ended up right next to each other in the hotel! As their passion reignites, the pair elope to Amanda’s flat in Paris and seem determined to give it another shot, but soon their vicious bickering and nitpicking rears its head and they’re reminded exactly why they split up the first time around!

Private Lives is a timeless narrative that parses sex, marriage and monogamy, and 90 years after it first premiered, it remains a shining example of the comedy of manners genre. This new production transfers from Theatre Royal Bath, where it was praised by critics as a “gloriously entertaining” night out (Wiltshire Times).

The West End Cast of Private Lives

Playing the on-again-off-again couple are Nigel Havers (Downton Abbey; Coronation Street) and Olivier Award-winner Patricia Hodge (Miranda; Calendar Girls), who starred in Private Lives during its initial run in Bath in 2021 and on tour. Critics raved about their performances at the time, calling them “pitch-perfect” (The Telegraph) as they bicker and flirt their way through the story.

Further casting includes Dugald Bruce-Lockhart and Natalie Walter.

The show is produced by The Nigel Havers Theatre Company, which plans to produce more classics from the UK’s rich theatrical canon, and is directed by Christopher Luscombe. Luscombe has extensive experience in bringing classic comedies to the stage with impressive clarity for new audiences, thanks to his work at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Don't Miss Private Lives Tickets at Ambassadors Theatre

Always sharp but never cruel, Noel Coward’s Private Lives is one of the most enjoyable dissections of relationships performed on stage. With a top-notch cast bringing it back to London, this is the perfect time to see why it remains a firm favourite for theatregoers all over the world.

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Rated Excellent
Performance dates:
03 Oct 2023 - 25 Nov 2023
Running time:
2 hours including an interval.
Ambassadors Theatre (See map)
Age recommendation:
Best for age 8+

Latest Audience Reviews

I throughly enjoyed this play. I didn’t know the story beforehand but within minutes it had me la... More

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Charmainf Top 100 reviewer 10 Sep 2023

This was the first Saturday night of the show. The cast went from strength to strength and absolu... More

wendys13's avatar
wendys13 06 Sep 2023

Set design good as play only set in two locations. Great adaptation of Noel Cowards play, lots of... More

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jooles 22 Sep 2023

You can hear Noel Coward in the script. Funny and well staged. The closing scene was drowned out... More

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jeanettemartin Top 200 reviewer 10 Sep 2023

Very good. Superb acting from all the cast. First time seeing this play and would fully recommend... More

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waynec33 01 Sep 2023

Really funny performance of a classic Noel Coward comedy, especially great chemistry between Nige... More

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sarab99 06 Sep 2023

Show Times

Monday - 7.30pm
Tuesday - 7.30pm
Wednesday - 7.30pm
Thursday 2.30pm 7.30pm
Friday - 7.30pm
Saturday 2.30pm 7.30pm
Sunday - -
How Long is Private Lives?
Private Lives running time is 2 hours including an interval.
Matinee Shows
Private Lives matinee performances start at 2.30pm and finish at 4.30pm.
Evening Shows
Private Lives evening performances start at 7.30pm and finish at 9.30pm.
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