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Preview: Private Lives


London Classic Theatre presents

Private Lives

By Noël Coward

Directed by Michael Cabot; Designed by Frankie Bradshaw; Lighting by Andy Grange

Hexham Queen’s Hall Arts Centre -  Tuesday 26th - Wednesday 27th September 2017

Durham Gala Theatre -  Thursday 28th - Saturday 30th September 2017

Photo: Sheila Burnett
The Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, Michael Cabot, has announced a major new touring production of Noël Coward’s comedy masterpiece, Private Lives. Cabot directs Olivia Beardsley (Sibyl Chase), Kieran Buckeridge (Victor Prynne), Jack Hardwick (Elyot Chase) and Helen Keeley (Amanda Prynne). The production tours to 17 venues around the UK this Autumn, visiting the North East at the end of September.

Photo: Sheila Burnett
1930. Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda. 

Photo: Sheila Burnett
Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences.

Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Extraordinarily written in only three days, Private Lives opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930 to packed houses. Since then, this charming comedy of manners has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences all over the world.

Photo: Sheila Burnett
Noël Coward was one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century. His most notable plays include Hay Fever, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit.


Private Lives is at the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham on Tuesday 26th September and Wednesday 27thSeptember at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 - £14.50 and are available from the Queen’s Hall Box Office 01434 652477 or online at
Private Lives is at Durham Gala Theatre from Thursday 28thSeptember to Saturday 30 September at 7.30pm (+2.30pm on Saturday). Tickets are £15 (£13 concession), £12 Gala Members and are available from the box office on 03000 266600 or online at

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