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Private Lives

Private Lives

Play


Writer:
  • love
  • marriage
  • lust
  • honeymoon
  • adultery
  • sex
  • comedy of manners
  • divorce
  • romantic comedy
  • mismatched
  • witty
  • banter


Overview


Synopsis

In Private Lives, passion, laughter, romance, anger and love set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes. Divorcees Elyot and Amanda unwittingly book adjoining rooms, while honeymooning with their new spouses, Sybil and Victor. Realizing that they've made a pair of mistaken marriages, Elyot and Amanda attempt to escape their mismatched partners, together. With haste, and under the cover of darkness, they flee their honeymoon accommodations and unsuspecting spouses in search of respite within Amanda's secluded Paris flat. When they are discovered several days later by their jilted lovers, all four individuals find themselves in the midst of the most compromising of situations. Brilliant and witty, Noel Coward's comedy of manners is a delightful romp.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Book:
Category
Play
Number of Acts:
3 Acts
First Produced:
1930
Genres
Comedy, Romance
Time & Place
hotel, deuville, france, flat, paris, 1930s
Cast Size
small
Ideal For
small cast
Casting Notes:
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, young adult characters
Tags:
  • love
  • marriage
  • lust
  • honeymoon
  • adultery
  • sex
  • comedy of manners
  • divorce
  • romantic comedy
  • mismatched
  • witty
  • banter

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