About Private Lives
Following critical acclaim and a sell-out run at Chichester, Private Lives starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor transfers to the Gielgud Theatre.
In Noel Coward’s evergreen comedy Private Lives, Elyot (Toby Stephens) and Amanda (Anna Chancellor) 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.
Private Lives is directed by Jonathan Kent and the cast also includes Antony Calf and Anna-Louise Plowman.
★★★★★ ‘Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens are irresistibly well-matched.’ - Metro
★★★★★ - ‘Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor give the most scorchingly sexy, intensely connected performances in London’ - Mail on Sunday
★★★★★ ‘Superb revival of Noël Coward’s play. Two hours of comic bliss’ The Daily Telegraph
★★★★ ‘A deliciously fresh revival’ Evening Standard
★★★★ ‘Jonathan Kent's rendition of Coward's masterpiece is the best in a decade. Bliss; go’ Independent
★★★★ ‘Head-clutchingly funny, provoking helpless snorts of mirth even with single words’ The Times
★★★★ ‘There is charisma in spades between Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens’ Sunday Telegraph
★★★★ ‘A rib-tickling return of a masterpiece’ Daily Express
★★★★ ‘Toby Stephens gives the best performance I have seen him give in this crackling revival’ Daily Express
Toby Stephens' numerous theatre performances include Danton's Death (National Theatre), The Real Thing (The Old Vic), A Doll's House (Donmar Warehouse) and A Streetcar Named Desire (West End) . His films include Vexed, Jane Eyre and Die Another Day.
Anna Chancellor's stage credits include the Chichester double bill of South Downs and The Browning Version which also transferred to the West End, The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre), The Observer, Never So Good and Stanley (National Theatre and Broadway). Her screen credits include Pramface, The Hour and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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