Overview


Synopsis

In Private Lives, passion, laughter, romance, anger, and love set the stage for a battle of the sexes as divorced couple, Amanda and Elyot, find themselves unwittingly thrown together in Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Unknowingly booking adjoining rooms while on honeymoon with their respective spouses, Victor and Sybil, Amanda and Elyot are forced to face their true feelings for each other. Realizing they have made a pair of mistaken marriages, the divorcees attempt to escape their mismatched partners. With haste, and under the cover of darkness, they flee their honeymoon hotel and unsuspecting spouses in search of privacy at Amanda’s secluded Paris flat. Despite their passion for each other, Amanda and Elyot begin to bicker violently, just as they had done during their marriage. It is clear that the couple cannot live with each other, but cannot live without each other either. When they are discovered several days later by their jilted spouses, all four lovers must finally acknowledge just who is really suited to whom. Fast-paced, witty, and passionate, Noel Coward’s comedy is a delightful romp.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
3 Acts
First Produced
1930
Genres
Settings
Contemporary, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
hotel, france, flat, paris, 1930s
Cast Size
Ideal For
Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Small Cast
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, young adult characters

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