Event: Private Lives
Location: Gielgud Theatre, W1
Noel Coward’s 1930 play, Private Lives, starring Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens, is playing at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End over the summer.
The play is one of the most perfectly composed examples of an English comedy of manners, remembered for its famous balcony scene. It was a runaway hit when first performed in 1930 and has remained popular ever since.
This production, which has transferred to the West End from the Chichester Festival Theatre, received great reviews at Chichester.
The play is about the relationship between glamorous divorcees, Elyot and Amanda, who happen to take adjoining rooms in a French Rivera hotel, while honeymooning with their new spouses.
Toby Stephens takes on the role of Elyot, following in the footsteps of his father Sir Robert Stephens who once played the role opposite his mother Dame Maggie Smith.
Private Lives at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue runs from 22 Jun to 21 Sep 2013.