Skip to content

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.



From → Theatre

Leave a Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: