Noel Coward’s wit is crisp and elegant. It’s a genuine shame that his classy comedy, “Private Lives” is closing at the end of the month.
So, our recommendation, hurry to see it if you possible can.
Kim Cattrell (Amanda) with Simon Paisley Day (Victor) in a photo © by Cylla von Tiedemann
“Private Lives,” at The Music Box in a run shortened to December 31st, takes us on a honeymoon to Deuxville France where Amanda (Kim Cattrell) and Elyot (Paul Gross) rekindle the sparks of their very fiery first marriage while on their honeymoons with Victor (Simon Paisley Day)
and Sybil (Anna Madeley).
See videos from “Private Lives” on YouTube
Amanda’s haplass spouse Victor and Elyot’s new bride Sybil don’t stand a chance once the old lovers meet again on the balcony of their honeymoon suites. Elyot is already bored by his young wife when he and Amanda share a cocktail outside their adjoining rooms.
Paul Gross as Elyot and Anna Madeley as Sybil in a photo © by Cylla von Tiedemann
The production does Noel Coward proud. Under Richard Eyre’s direction. “Private Lives” is well-paced and utterly enjoyable. The splendid set, by Rob Howell (who is also responsible for the wonderful costumes) includes the most marvellous apartment in Paris. The actors are all charming and mannered without affectation. Simon Paisley Day is extremely funny as the bombastic and conventional Victor. Kim Cattrall cavorts and dances with abandon; her Amanda is not given to humbug.
So, recap here, closing very very soon. Go… See it before it does.
There’s an opening night video on YouTube
Paul Gross as Elyot and Kim Catrell as Amanda in a photo © by Cylla von Tiedemann