Main House Patricia Hodge, Nigel Havers

Private Lives

by Noël Coward, directed by Christopher Luscombe
  • 28 October - 6 November
Private Lives

Event Information

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm

Thu 28 Oct — Sat 6 Nov

Rescheduled from 2020 – original tickets remain valid for equivalent performances. Please contact Box Office to exchange to alternative performances if required. 

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.

The Olivier Award-winning Patricia Hodge, one of the country’s most loved actresses, plays Amanda. Nigel Havers, ever suave and thoroughly charming, plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930. Astonishingly, it is the first time Nigel Havers has appeared in a Coward play on stage.  Dugald Bruce-Lockhart plays Victor and Natalie Walter plays Sibyl.

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

Thursday 28 October – Saturday 6 November 2021

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm

Matinees Thursdays & Saturdays 2.30pm

Tickets from £27.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies


Full list of PRIVATE LIVES performances, with corresponding rescheduled dates –

Thursday 23 Sept NOW Thursday 28 October, 2.30pm

Thursday 23 Sept NOW Thursday 28 October, 7.30pm

Friday 24 Sept NOW Friday 29 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 25 Sept NOW Saturday 30 October, 2.30pm

Saturday 25 Sept NOW Saturday 30 October, 7.30pm


Monday 27 Sept NOW Monday 1 November, 7.30pm

Tuesday 28 Sept NOW Tuesday 2 November, 7.30pm

Wednesday 29 Sept NOW Wednesday 3 November, 7.30pm

Thursday 30 Sept NOW Thursday 4 November, 2.30pm

Thursday 30 Sept NOW Thursday 4 November, 7.30pm

Friday 1 Oct NOW Friday 5 November, 7.30pm

Saturday 2 Oct NOW Saturday 6 November, 2.30pm

Saturday 2 Oct NOW Saturday 6 November, 7.30pm

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

PRIVATE LIVES by Noel Coward

Starring Patricia Hodge, Nigel Havers, Dugald Bruce-Lockhart and Natalie Walter.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe.

Set & Costume Design by Simon Higlett.

Lighting Design by Tim Mitchell.

Casting by Sarah Bird.

Patricia Hodge’s many theatre credits include A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Trafalgar Studios),Copenhagen (Chichester Festival Theatre), Travels With My Aunt (Minerva, Chichester), Relative Values (Harold Pinter), Calendar Girls (Noel Coward Theatre), The Country Wife (Theatre Royal Haymarket), His Dark Materials (National), Noises Off (National), Money (National, for which she won the Olivier for Best Supporting Actress) and A Little Night Music (National).  Her recent television credits include Roadkill (BBC), Ursula Thorpe in A Very English Scandal (BBC), Mrs Pelham in Downton Abbey (ITV) and Penny in Miranda (BBC).

Nigel Havers’s television credits include the soon to be seen Roger in Finding Alice (ITV) and General Ransom in the new remake of All Creatures Great & Small (Channel 5).  Other recent television credits include Lewis Archer in Coronation Street (Granada), Stanley Keen in Benidorm (ITV) and Lord Hepworth in Downton Abbey (ITV).  Theatre includes Serge in the UK Tour and West End productions of Art, Algernon Moncrieff in the UK Tour of The Importance of Being Earnest and Maxim de Wynter in the UK Tour of Rebecca.  His film credits include playing David Niven in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Hofstadter in Paradise Lost, Dr Rawlins in Empire of the Sun and Lord Andrew Lindsay in Chariots of Fire.

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart most recently appeared as Michael Gove in The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at Park Theatre.  He has also played David Cameron in The Three Lions (St James Theatre and Edinburgh Festival), for which he was nominated for Best Actor in The Stage Awards.  Other theatre credits include Bill Austin in Mamma Mia! (Novello), David Hart in Wonderland (Hampstead), Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps (UK Tour) and, for Ed Hall’s Propeller Theatre Company, he has played the title role in Henry V, Antipholus of Syracuse in Comedy of Errors and Ratcliffe in Richard III.

Natalie Walter’s film credits include The Wedding Video, Cockneys vs Zombies, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, Huge, I want Candy, Lady Godiva, Eddie Loves Mary, The Honey Trap, If Only, Remember Me. TelevisionBloods, Lethal White, I May Destroy You, Horrible Histories, Family Tree, Above Suspicion, Jonathan Creek, Lucy Montgomery Show, Doctor Who, Doctors, Hollywood Goddesses, Hampstead Heath, the Musical, Babes in the Wood, The Peter principle, Harry Enfield and Chums, Road Rage, Get Well Soon, Perfect State, The Thin Blue Line, Stalker’s Apprentice. TheatrePack of Lies, Jerusalem, Fox on the Fairway, A Little Hotel on the Side, Smash, Lingua Franca, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The 39 Steps, Hayfever, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Love’s Labours Lost, Whipping It Up, Twelfth Night, Soap, Piano/Forte, Dead Funny, Flanders Mare, As You Like It, The Constant Wife, Noises Off, The Recruiting Officer, Habeus Corpus, Genghis Among The Pygmies, Ten Minutes of Human Rights, The Brazen Age. RadioSeekers, Lucy Montgomery Variety Pack, Kind Hearts and Coronets: Like Father Like Daughter, Smelling of Roses, Chambers, No Commitments, All My Life, House of the Spirit Levels.

Dawn French, Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley,  Siân Phillips

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