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Private Lives

  • Autumn 2021/Spring 2022
Private Lives

Event Information

Theatre Royal Bath
28 October - 6 November 2021

UK Tour Autumn 2021 & Spring 2022

Theatre Royal Bath is delighted to be hosting this new production of Private Lives, the inaugural show from 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, with Aïcha Kossoko as Louise.

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

Theatre Royal Bath
28 October – 6 November 2021

w/c 8 Nov                                 Richmond Theatre

w/c 15 Nov                               Chichester Festival Theatre

w/c 22 Nov                               Cambridge Arts Theatre


w/c 17 Jan                                New Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

w/c 24 Jan                                Hall for Cornwall

w/c 31 Jan                                Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

w/c 7 Feb                                 Princes Theatre Torquay

w/c 14 Feb                               The Lowry Saltford

w/c 21 Feb                               Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

w/c 28 Feb                               Oxford Playhouse

w/c 14 March                           Lighthouse Theatre Poole

w/c 21 March                           Yvonne Arnaud Guildford

w/c 28 March                           Norwich Theatre Royal

w/c 4 April                               Malvern Theatres

w/c 11 April                             Brighton Theatre Royal

w/c 18 April                             Nottingham Theatre Royal


DDavid 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, with Aïcha Kossoko as Louise.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe.

Set & Costume Design by Simon Higlett.

Lighting Design by Mark Jonathan

Sound Design by Jeremy Dunn

Composer – Nigel Hess

Casting by Sarah Bird.

One of the UK’s most popular actors, Nigel Havers has been a favourite with audiences for nearly four decades. His roles on screen have encompassed Downton Abbey and Coronation Street, Chariots of Fire and The Charmer. Stage roles range from Art and Rebecca to The Importance of Being Earnest at the National Theatre.

One of our best loved actresses, Patricia Hodge’s many theatre credits include Travels With My Aunt, Relative Values, Calendar Girls, His Dark Materials, Noises Off and A Little Night Music. Her recent television credits include A Very English Scandal, Downton Abbey and Miranda.

Dugald Bruce-Lockhart recent West End appearances include The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson, The Deep Blue Sea, Mamma Mia! and he toured the UK in The 39 Steps. Television credits include The Crown and Foyle’s. War.

Natalie Walter’s most recent theatre credits include Pack of Lies, Jerusalem and A Little Hotel on the Side. She was a regular performer in CBBC’s Horrible Histories.

Dawn French, Felicity Kendal, Joanna Lumley,  Siân Phillips