Main House Nigel Havers, Patricia Hodge

Private Lives

by Noël Coward, directed by Christopher Luscombe
  • 1 - 10 October
Private Lives

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm

Showing from Thu 1 — Sat 10 Oct

Theatre Royal Bath is delighted to be hosting this new production of Private Lives, the inaugural show in a three-year partnership with Nigel Havers’ new theatre company which will be touring the country with a line-up of theatrical gems.

Launching the company, Coward’s dazzling comic masterpiece is both a scintillatingly witty and scathingly vitriolic study of the rich and reckless in love.

Ever suave, dapper and thoroughly charming, Nigel Havers plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930. This will be the first time he has performed The Master’s work on stage.

Elyot and Amanda, who were once married to each other, find themselves on honeymoon with their new partners, in the same hotel in the South of France and admiring the vista from adjoining balconies. Their initial horror evaporates as, within no time at all, they’re sharing cocktails, cigarettes and a romantic serenade and rekindling their previous passion. Caring nothing for scandal, they elope to Amanda’s Paris flat where their lust thaws as quickly as it had reignited and they resume the slanging match which drove them apart in the first place.

“One of the most satisfyingly constructed and brilliantly executed high comedies in the English language” Daily Telegraph

“A masterclass in wit” Time Out

“Hinges on the two great driving forces of English life – sex and class” Sunday Times

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm

Tickets from £27.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present the inaugural production of The Nigel Havers Theatre Company

Nigel Havers is one of the UK’s most popular actors, a favourite with audiences for nearly four decades. Best known for playing the quintessential English gent, his numerous roles on screen have encompassed Downton Abbey and Coronation Street, Chariots of Fire and, of course The Charmer. His stage roles range from Art and Rebecca to The Importance of Being Earnest at the National Theatre.

Dawn French, Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley,  Siân Phillips

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A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

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Standing spaces sold when all other seats have sold out.

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