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Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand WC2R 0HN
Private Lives
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Show Details
Preview 24th Feb 10
Opens 3rd Mar 10
Closes 1st May 10
Show Times
Monday - Saturday 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs & Sat 2.30 pm


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A note from the author

We put this AVMovie together (a compilation of still photos and video clips) to show off London theatres as they are seen most often by theatre goers – by night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and  informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.

Baxter

Noel Coward's Private Lives does it again. It's a popular play beautifully written in fluid English with pepper and just the right amount of salt. It's about love, yearning, bitter disappointment. Written in the '30s it depicts men and women of the era with attitude, lip and a bit of the rough stuff. It's very funny in parts and some of the sharp wit would stir an internal laugh, perchance to actually guffaw.

Private Lives
Amanda's part is played superbly depicting a pastiche of amorality - that is likable in that outrageous ruthlessness that has become so prue and PC nowadays. In those days it became quite natural to be outrageous in a very direct way.

 

The Story

The story is impossible to describe - and anyway why bother ? - an evening with Noel Coward's Britishness summarises it best. The Story itself would have to be written as a choreography - as Michael Billington describes the "beautifully choreographed fight scene". It's all a bit fighty and surprisingly there are a lot of us who love a fighty story - especially a witty one.

Cast

Kim Cattral - Amanda
Matthew Macfadyen - Elyot
Lisa Dillon
Simon Paisley Day

Director - Richard Eyre
Producer - Duncan C Weldon / Sonia Friedman Productions
Author - Noel Coward

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