Plays Directory : Private Lives

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Noel Coward
  • Overview
    Elyot and his second wife, Sibyl, have arrived in the South of France on their honeymoon. Little known to either, Elyot’s divorcee, Amanda, is staying in the next-door apartment on honeymoon with her second husband, Victor. Elyot and Amanda meet and rekindle their former tempestuous relationship and in a moment of passion decide to re-elope together and head for Paris. Act I ends with Victor and Sibyl sharing a cocktail on the balcony, unaware that their respective spouses have got back together and abandoned them.
    Act II is in Amanda’s Paris flat – we see Elyot and Amanda at first utterly smitten and then gradually at each other’s throats more and more. It’s all brilliantly funny in a Cowardesque kind of way – Elyot even plays the piano a la Coward at one point. Act II closes with Sibyl and Victor bursting into the apartment to see Amanda and Elyot hitting each other with pillows and shouting abuse at the tops of their voices.
    Act III opens with a comic set-piece for the maid, Louise. Victor wants some answers from Amanda – Sibyl wants to get back together with Elyot. Eventually it’s agreed that Victor and Elyot will postpone divorcing Amanda and Sibyl respectively, in order to reduce the scandalousness of it all. The cast sit down to tea. The bickering recommences and at the close the roles are reversed with Sibyl and Victor at each other’s throats and Elyot and Amanda once again sneeking off together. Coward seems to suggest that the only possible relationaship between a man and a woman is one of continuous disagreement and acrimony!

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5 known characters

9 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Talley Gale
Talley Gale
Actor
2019, Sibyl
Alexandra Petterson
2019, Sibyl Chase
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts
Caitlin White
2019, Amanda Prynne
Manchester School of Theatre
Bethany Down
Bethany Down
Actor
2019, Sibyl
National UK Tour
Fizz Waller
Fizz Waller
Actor
2019, Amanda Prynne
The Avenue Theatre
Yasmin Turner
Yasmin Turner
Technician, Assistant
2019, Lighting & Sound Operator / Technician
The Avenue
Flóki Snorrason
2019, Director of the production
Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts
Jessica Olim
Jessica Olim
Actor
2019, Louise
Shelley Theatre
Tim Larkfield
2018, Victor Prynne
Lauderdale House
Marcus Hutton
2018, Victor Prynne
Harrogate Theatre
Joe Sargent
Joe Sargent
Actor
2018, Elyot Chase
UK tour
Fiona Organ
Fiona Organ
Actor
2018, Louise
Olivia Beardsley
2018, Sybil Chase
Number 1 National Tour
Ciara Dredge
Ciara Dredge
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Stage Manager on Book
Wadham College Gardens, Oxford
Jane Williamson
Jane Williamson
Deputy Stage Manager
2018, Company Stage Manager
Stacey Leeson
2018, Amanda
Lauderdale House
Rachael Holmes-Brown
2018, Acting ASM/Louise
Emily Melville-Brown
Emily Melville-Brown
Assistant Stage Manager
2018, Production Stage Manager
UK and Ireland Tour
Liam Alexandru
2017, Victor
Blue Orange Theatre
Richard Sawyer
2017, Victor