Still a chance to see Private Lives at the Lichfield Garrick
The hilarious comedy of manners was once described as ‘a most brilliant and sophisticated play, exploring both the conventional and unconventional ways of being in love’.
Tamworth Entertainer of the Year Alex Farrell is directing the show. He said: “It is such a pleasure to be able to work on such an iconic production. Noel Coward is arguably one of the most influential dramatists of the last century, a real pioneer in theatre, and this play is so well written that it’s a treat for both performers and audiences alike.”
Private Lives follows the story of Amanda and Elyot who can’t live together and can’t live apart. When they discover they are honeymooning in the same hotel with their new spouses, they not only fall in love all over again, they also learn to hate each other all over again.
A comedy with a dark underside, fireworks fly as each character yearns desperately for love. Full of wit and razor sharp dialogue, Private Lives remains one of the most successful and popular comedies ever written.
Private Lives was a runaway hit when it debuted in 1930, and the play has remained popular in revivals ever since. In the initial production, Coward himself starred as Elyot opposite Gertrude Lawrence’s Amanda.
This production features a cast of emerging talent from the Midlands. The title characters are played by Neil Jackson, a rising star who has recently finished a production of The Stories That Shakespeare Knew at the MAC in Birmingham, and Georgina Edge, an actress who in the past few months has played two contrasting roles in the Midlands: Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and the Ringslave in Aladdin at the Tamworth Assembly Rooms.
The supporting cast is made up of Davut-Sebastian Atterbury, playing Amanda’s unfortunate second husband Victor, and Tamar Williams, taking on the role of Elyot’s dainty and annoying second wife Sybil. Davut-Sebastian has recently achieved a place at a top drama school in London, while Tamar Williams is currently studying drama in Birmingham.
Private Lives will run at the Lichfield Garrick from Wednesday 25 to Saturday 28 April.
Tickets cost £14 for adults and £10 for students
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