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Private Lives at the Gielgud

August 20, 2013

ANNA CHANCELLOR and TOBY STEPHENS have a real spark between them in Noel Coward‘s PRIVATE LIVES at the Gielgud Theatre. First time I have seen this classic play and in my view it really comes down this central relationship working on stage. Both actors have a powerful physical presence and both transmit so much subtext in their movement which kept me captivated in the first act. Anthony Calf and Anna-Louise Plowman both give excellent supporting performances rounding out this first act which is full of comedy.

Act 2 is much less funny than Act 1 but still keeps drawing us into the web of relationships with increasing mania.

I think it was a mistake to have a 20 minute interval after Act 2 as Act 3 seems to be over before we have settled back into our seats. The interval should be between Act 1 and Act 2 or simply no interval. The play ended far too abruptly.

Overall though I really enjoyed this classic which felt very contemporary because of the real emotional energy invested by this excellent cast.

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