"This superb revival of Noel Coward's play supplies two hours of comic bliss"
-The Daily Telegraph-

"A snappy, glamorous and unapologetically lightweight play about a couple who can’t live with or without each other"
-The Evening Standard-

"Jonathan Kent's Chichester Festival revival of Noel Coward's classic marriage comedy comes to the West End's Gielgud Theatre"
-What's On Stage-

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About the show

'Private Lives' is often considered to be one of Noel Coward's most popular plays, and continues to be performed around the world. This brand new production transfers from the Chichester Festival Theatre, which has given the West End some celebrated productions such as 'Singin' in the Rain', 'Sweeney Todd' and 'South Downs and the Browning Version'. Jonathan Kent returns to direct this riotous comedy, starring Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens as the glamorous couple Amanda and Elyot.

As the play opens on adjoining hotel balconies in the decadent French Riviera, divorced couple Amanda and Elyot are each honey-mooning with their new partners. As fate would have it, they discover they are next door to each other, and can't resist but rake up the past and insult each other. This chance encounter rekindles their feelings for each other, and their anger turns once again to passion, leaving their new partners mixed up in their sexual web.

Anna Chancellor is perhaps most famous for her role in 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' as well as TV roles in 'Lewis', 'Spooks' and 'Miranda'. Her stage work includes roles at the Donmar Warehouse, Oxford Playhouse and the Hampstead Theatre. Toby Stephens is the son of Dame Maggie Smith and has starred in a wide variety of plays and television shows. He was last in the West End at the National Theatre starring in 'Danton's Death' directed by Michael Grandage.

Who Should See It?

Private Lives will entertain those who enjoy seeing a well made comedy. Fans of the recent production of 'Hay Fever' in the West End will enjoy this Coward revival, as well as those who are coming to the celebrated writer for the first time. Please note that the play is recommended for children over the age of 11, as there are some mild sexual references.


Elyot Chase - the witty and cynical ex-husband of Amanda who is in France with his new wife Sybil. 

Sybil Chase - the younger second wife of Elyot who becomes jealous of Amanda. 

Amanda Prynne - Glamorous ex-wife of Elyot who still harbors feelings for her old husband. 

Victor Prynne - Amanda's up-tight new husband.

Playing at

Gielgud Theatre
35 Shaftesbury Avenue
Seating Plan

Gielgud Theatre seating plan

Booking period

22nd Jun 2013

22nd Jan 2021

21st Sep 2013

Running time

2 hours including interval