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:

Tim Larkfield
2018, Victor Prynne
Lauderdale House
Marcus Hutton
2018, Victor Prynne
Harrogate Theatre
Liam Alexandru
2017, Victor
Blue Orange Theatre
Richard Sawyer
2017, Victor
Chris Kiely
Chris Kiely
Actor
2016, Victor
Tony Richardson
2016, Victor
The Poor School
Luke Francis
Luke Francis
Actor
2015, Victor
Sheringham Little Theatre
Laurence Ward
2015, Victor Prynne
Hemar Theatre
Liam Elvish
Liam Elvish
Actor
2015, Victor Prynne
Fortune Theatre, London
Mark Woodford
2015, Victor Prynne
Ben Deery
Ben Deery
Actor
2014, Victor
Royal Lyceum Theatre
Stephen Oscar Martin
2014, Victor
The Gladstone Theatre - Ottawa
Toby Trimby
Toby Trimby
Actor
2014, Victor Prynne
Simon Butler
Simon Butler
Actor
2013, Victor
Michael Fay
Michael Fay
Actor
2013, Victor
The Playhouse, Cheltenham
James Mackenzie
2012, Victor
James Edwards
2012, Victor Prynne
Ben Ellis
Ben Ellis
Actor
2012, Victor Prynne
Hever Castle
Marcus Hutton
2011, Victor Prynne
Nottingham Playhouse
Alan Bowles
Alan Bowles
Actor
2011, Victor