Theatre: Private Lives review

by Jennifer Tippett on Monday, 8 February 2010

Noel Coward's comic masterpiece Private Lives provides guests with theatre at its juiciest. Expect to laugh out loud from start to finish with a potent combination of brilliant one-liners, riotous showdowns and a lust-driven affair between leading lady Kim Cattrall and her other half, Matthew Macfadyen.

Private Lives is set in the idyllic South of France, where rich and reckless exes, Elyot and Amanda, are honeymooning with their new spouses. The scandalous storyline starts when, by chance, they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies. The memories of what drove them apart become all but a distant memory when their feelings for each other re-ignite and they backtrack into a fiery love affair.

Kim Cattrall, best known for playing femme-fatale Samantha Jones in Sex and the City, takes the role of Amanda while Matthew Macfadyen, famous for his role as Tom Quinn in the BBC series Spooks, appears as Elyot.

The show is currently running at London's Vaudeville Theatre.

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