Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge star in Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Private Lives was written in 1930 and has been a mainstay of British theatre ever since.
This sharply funny play of reversals focuses on Elyot and Amanda, a passionate but feuding couple who divorced five years before. Now, on the first night of their honeymoons with their new partners, they find that they are all staying in the same hotel on the French Riviera. Fireworks are inevitable....
The roles of the two ex-spouses are brilliantly recreated by Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge, while Coward’s scintillating repartee epitomises all the glamour and sophistication of life between the wars for society’s spoilt darlings.
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Let me start by saying that Noel Coward is a genius. There is no doubt that he is a very witty and talented playwright. Having said that, maybe this play isn't his best. The actors' dialogue seems forced and overdone. I ended up being annoyed rather than amused.
If you like the play, this is a great version.
The wit and performances.
Patricia Routledge was great, but I couldn't help picturing Hyacinth Bouquet occasionally.
Can't live with each other, can't live without each other.
Just terrible! Poorly cast and woodenly acted - don't touch this with a barge pole!
"Quite good but very twee"
Lovely little Coward play (currently performing to rave reviews in London) I'm afraid this version was too twee and saccharine for my tastes though. That said, my grandmother has this same production on CD and she adores it.
"An oldie but a goodie"
This is a good radio production of a classic Coward play. It's no accident that this is a Classic title - the recording dates back to the early 1980s - but since the play dates back fifty years further there is no shame in that!
A classic period production of a classic period play.
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