Noel Coward was back. Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor starred in his provocative and delightful play, Private Lives, which was on at the Gielgud Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, London over the summer 2013.
Elyot (Toby Stephens) and Amanda (Anna Chancellor) are glamorous, rich, reckless . . . and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a Riviera hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses, Victor (Anthony Calf) and Sibyl (Anna-Louise Plowman). 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 partners present or turbulences past.
Following a sell-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, this production proves that Noël Coward still has the power to thrill, provoke and delight.