Private Lives

by Noël Coward

Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor star in Coward's hilarious comedy, directed by Jonathan Kent.

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I think very few people are completely normal really, deep down in their private lives. 

"Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor are irresistibly well-matched" (Metro) as glamorous divorcées Elyot and Amanda whose love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses five years later.

"Their chemistry proves spectacularly combustible" (Daily Telegraph) in this "scintillating and sexy revival" (Mail on Sunday). This chance encounter instantly reignites their passion, and they fling themselves headlong into a whirlwind of love and lust once more, without a thought for their new partners "played with distinction" (Daily Telegraph) by Anthony Calf and Anna-Louise Plowman.

Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, this "deliciously fresh revival" (Evening Standard) has been "transplanted to West End splendour" (The Times) in an explosive production that is "first-class fun" (Daily Mail) and "giddily enjoyable" (Financial Times).


Two hours of comic bliss. A gloriously entertaining evening. Jonathan Kent's superb production is forever young, fresh and delightful. 

Daily Telegraph

Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens are irresistibly well-matched. 


This production of Coward's masterpiece is the best in a decade. 


Toby Stephens is superb – I haven't seen him give a better performance. 

Evening Standard

Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor are utterly delightful. The sense of glee radiating from the stage is palpable. Unmitigated fun. 

Time Out


Private Lives was produced in the West End by CFT Enterprises, Old Vic Productions, Duncan C Weldon and APT Productions.

Captured live at the Gielgud Theatre, London, in September 2013.

Production photography © Johan Persson/Arenapal.

Contains mild language and sex references.

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