The Swan Theatre Company presents

Private Lives

By Noel Coward

Directed by Alan Morris

Monday 15th - Saturday 20th May 2017

Private Lives is a superbly crafted comedy of manners.  The humour lies in the situation, the cleverly drawn characters and the easy wit of the lines.  It was was first performed in 1930 with Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence in the title roles and a young Laurence Olivier playing the main support.  The plot is driven by the interactions between two newly married couples, Elyot and Sybil, and Amanda and Victor. The newlyweds find themselves honeymooning in the same hotel in France and sharing a terrace. The problem is that Elyot and Amanda have already been married before - to one another!   

Having fallen out with their new spouses, Elyot and Amanda eventually realise that they are still in love with each and run away together to Amanda's flat in Paris.  However, as the play progresses it becomes clear that, while they can't be apart, they can't live together either.  Small tiffs eventually become a major brawl and by the time that Victor and Sybil arrive at the flat to collect their errant spouses the scene is set for almost any possible outcome.

 

Doors open 7:15pm, show starts 7:45pm.

TICKETS ON SALE TO THE PUBLIC FROM  24th April 2017

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Forthcoming productions

  • Private Lives by Noel Coward

    Private Lives by Noel Coward

    Monday 15 May to Saturday 20 May, 19:45Tickets on sale from 24th April

    Noel Coward's comedy about divorcees Elyot and Amanda who find their love unexpectedly rekindled when they rent adjoining suites in a French hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses, five years after their divorce.

     
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    The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen's Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr

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    Comedy around the opening night of an amateur drama production...

     
  • Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton

    Entertaining Mr Sloane by Joe Orton

    Monday 18 September to Saturday 23 September, 19:45Tickets on sale from 28th August

    This is the first time one of Joe Orton's works has been presented on the Swan stage.

     
  • Arcadia 13-18 November

    Arcadia 13-18 November

    Monday 13 November to Saturday 18 November, 19:45Tickets on sale from 23rd October

    A serious play about science, sex and landscape gardening.

     
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    Dead Lock by Hugh Jones

    Wednesday 31 May to Saturday 3 June, 19:30Tickets available on the door.

    Another mystery from the Civic Players surrounding the events that follow the death of Diana's husband in a car crash .....