Private Lives

by  Noël Coward

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Gorgeous, dazzling, fantastically funny." - The New York Times
"A gleaming and gleeful comedy." - The New York Post

"A brilliant comedy. A very funny play." - Newsweek

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Private Lives

by  Noël Coward

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Revived in 2002 by the Royal National Theatre in a production that sparkled on Broadway, Private Lives is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining plays ever written. Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed. A uniquely humorous play boasting numerous successful Broadway runs with stars like Coward himself, Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Gertrude Lawrence, Tammy Grimes, Richard Burton, and Elizabeth Taylor.
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Reviews

"Gorgeous, dazzling, fantastically funny." - The New York Times

"A gleaming and gleeful comedy." - The New York Post

"A brilliant comedy. A very funny play." - Newsweek

Keywords

Betrayal, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Setting:

    Paris, France

  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

2m, 3f

SIBYL CHASE

ELYOT CHASE

VICTOR PRYNNE

AMANDA PRYNNE

LOUISE

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Authors

Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in L ...

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Private Lives premiered at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh on 18 August, 1930.

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