by Noel Coward
directed by Jan Grounds
Performances - February / March 2019
- Amanda Prynne - Kellie Martin
- Victor Prynne, her husband - Clayton Williamson
- Louise, a maid - Kirsty Bolton
- Sibyl Chase - Rebecca Bright
- Elyot Chase, her husband - Thomas Unger
- Director - Jan Grounds
- Stage Manager - Patrice Horne
- Assistant Stage Manager - Cassandra White
- Technicals - Lloyd Grounds
Set in France around 1930, Private Lives follows former married couple, Amanda and Elyot, who have unwittingly taken adjacent rooms in the same hotel where both are celebrating honeymoons with their new partners.
Having been bitten hard the first time, the passionate Amanda and Elyot have opted to play it safe second time around.
Opting for something a little more stable, Elyot’s new wife, the quibbling Sibyl, is an apparent paragon of boredom to tame his wild, reckless streak. Amanda’s pipe chewing husband, Victor, is a solid, dependable rock with which to tie down her wild, spirited exuberance. When old flames meet, old sparks ignite and, damned by the music and the moonlight, Elyot and Amanda flee to Paris to begin their new, old life together once more.
Yet when their new partners find them, will it be third time lucky in the arms of the solid and dependable, or will it be in the arms of those who’d just as willingly slap you in the face as kiss you?
Private Lives is one of those plays that never goes away. Nor should it. Like It's A Wonderful Life, Private Lives is a perennial that harkens back to a more innocent time. But if it’s light, it’s never lightweight. Funny, charming and totally irresistible, Private Lives is an absolute joy.
Fridays @ 8pm February 22, March 1 and 8.
Saturday @ 2pm March 9.
Saturdays @ 8pm February 23, March 2 and 3.
Sundays @ 2pm February 24, March 3 and 10.
Prices: Adults $30, Concession $25, Children up to 16 $8.
An Amateur Production BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL, ON BEHALF OF SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.
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