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‘Exuberantly funny, elegant & sharp’: PRIVATE LIVES – Ipswich ★★★★

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Exuberantly funny, elegant as a Deauville hotel balcony and sharp as the crack of a 78rpm record over a lover’s head, Joanna Carrick’s witty miniaturised production does Noel Coward’s sparkiest comedy full justice. I say miniature – it’s full length – only because of the venue: the tiny but vigorous home of Red Rose Chain.

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PRIVATE LIVES – Touring

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Pleasing on the eye and ear, this 1930s Noël Coward script is brought to life for 2016 by director Tom Attenborough and a cast of five. Telling the story of two newly married divorcees who find themselves honeymooning in conjoining suites, the play follows Elyot and Amanda as they differentiate between love and marriage and perception and reality – both with each other and their new partners.

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NEWS: Tom Chambers tours in Coward’s Private Lives before West End

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A major revival of Noël Coward’s hilarious masterpiece, Private Lives will embark on a prior to the West End UK tour starring stage and screen stars Tom Chambers (Top Hat, Strictly Come Dancing) as the loveable and charming Elyot and Laura Rogers (Tipping The Velvet, An Ideal Husband) as the unconventional and vivacious Amanda, alongside Charlotte Ritchie (Call The Midwife, One Night in November) as Sybil and Richard Teverson (Downton Abbey) as Victor.

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Review: The Liz and Dick Show (Old Red Lion)

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Something doesn’t feel right about The Liz and Dick Show.  Although you welcome any snapshot of the backstage bickering, drunken brawling and love-hate relationship of Hollywood’s most famous pairing, this one’s set during rehearsals for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966, when Burton (42) and Taylor (31) had only met three years earlier on the […]

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Review: The Liz and Dick Show (Old Red Lion)

In Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

Something doesn’t feel right about The Liz and Dick Show.  Although you welcome any snapshot of the backstage bickering, drunken brawling and love-hate relationship of Hollywood’s most famous pairing, this one’s set during rehearsals for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf in 1966, when Burton (42) and Taylor (31) had only met three years earlier on the […]

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Review: Private Lives (The Gielgud Theatre)

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What’s left to be done with or said about Private Lives? After The Importance of Being Earnest it must be the most famous comedy in the English language, it drips a heady combination of epigrams, theatrical folklore, and night sweats having been written in three days during a bout of ‘flu in a grand hotel […]

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Review: Private Lives (The Gielgud Theatre)

In Reviews by Johnny FoxLeave a Comment

What’s left to be done with or said about Private Lives? After The Importance of Being Earnest it must be the most famous comedy in the English language, it drips a heady combination of epigrams, theatrical folklore, and night sweats having been written in three days during a bout of ‘flu in a grand hotel […]

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Review: Private Lives (Vaudeville Theatre)

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Can she or can’t she? Most of the first-night audience were secretly betting Kim Cattrall wouldn’t be able to shake off the shadow of ‘Samantha Jones’ from ‘Sex and the City’ and turn herself into Noel Coward’s wittiest and most romantic heroine. In assailing the best-constructed comedy in the English Language as well as the […]

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