Private Lives

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See a star-studded cast in Noel Coward’s classic with Private Lives play tickets

Sex, marriage and passion are under the microscope as Noel Coward’s classic comedy Private Lives returns to the West End starring Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge. After entertaining audiences at Theatre Royal Bath in 2021, this acclaimed production transfers to the Ambassadors Theatre for the 50th anniversary of the legendary playwright’s death in 1973. 

What would you do if you ran into your ex while with your current partner? That is the conundrum Elyot and Amanda face when their respective honeymoons are in the same country, the same hotel, and in rooms next to each other! Soon, their passion is reignited and they escape from the South of France to Amanda’s flat in Paris. Can their relationship work this time? Maybe not, because they soon resume the vicious arguing that drove them to divorce in the first place… 

Noel Coward’s Private Lives play is one of his most famous works, and in this hit revival Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge star as tempestuous couple Elyot and Amanda. Havers is known for roles in Chariots of Fire (for which he received a BAFTA nomination) Empire of the Sun and Coronation Street. Hodge is an Olivier Award-winning actress who has starred in shows including Pippin and Money on the West End, and Miranda and Hotel du Lac on television. 

The show was the first play from The Nigel Havers Theatre Company, which tours classics around the UK. It is directed by Christopher Luscombe, who has a prolific career with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Much Ado About Nothing, Love’s Labours Lost). His other credits include Nell Gwynn, Spamalot and The Rocky Horror Show

One of the best theatrical comedies, and a sharp expose of intimate relationships, don’t miss this gold-standard revival of the Private Lives play in London from 31 August 2023.

Child friendly?

The Private Lives play is recommended for ages 8+.