Private Lives

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This play is comedy of manners written in Shanghai in 1931 whilst Noel Coward was recovering from a bout of influenza. The play treats the audience to the wonderful humour of love and marriage in all its chaotic, irrational unpredictability with the beautiful dialogue of Noel Coward.

Elyot and Sibyl, are on the first day of their honeymoon in a beautiful hotel in Deauville, France overlooking the Marina. Elyot is a divorced, attractive, worldly wise man who has lived life to the full in every sense. Sybil, his new pretty wife, is much younger, sweetly innocent, deeply in love and believes that she can keep Elyot on the straight and narrow.
She naturally assumes that his ex-wife was totally to blame for the break up of their marriage.

Victor and Amanda, in the adjoining room, are also on their honeymoon. Amanda is a divorced, glamorous, woman of the world, entirely opposite to her new husband, Victor who is older, stuffy, stodgy and lacking a sense of humour. He is naive with assumptions and aspirational ideas for what their marriage must be. He declares that he will take care of
Amanda so that she forgets completely about the cruelty her ex-husband displayed towards her, a subject which preys on Victor’s mind.

Want to discover more?……… Join us at Woodford Players for this fabulous, glamorous play which has remained fresh and relevant to audiences for nearly 100 years!

The play contains adult themes.

This amateur production of “Private Lives” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd.

Tickets for Private Lives will be on sale at the end of April

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