by Noël Coward
18th – 25th October
Director: Andy Taylor
“Private Lives” is a farewell to the excesses of the 1920’s and beckons in the darker decade of the 1930’s. It is a simple, subtle comedy of manners which centres around two divorcees, Elyot and Amanda. The dialogue has a wit and charm which drives the play along. Phrases such as”....very flat, Norfolk”, “Don’t quibble, Sybil”, and “Strange how potent cheap music is” have passed into the English language, but the elegant repartee hides a darker side to these characters. They do not seem to be able to bear happiness for too long before their destructive personalities are trying to wreck it.
WARNING. There is smoking in this production.