1-6 February 2016
Reviewed by Meresa Bergin
As it has been a while since we have been to the theatre and my husband and I were very much looking forward to it. When we arrived we found the staff as welcoming and warm as our previous times.
Private Lives is a play that was written in the 1930’s by Noel Coward which tells the tale of a divorced couple Elyot and Amanda who meet with their new spouses on honeymoon at the same hotel. I am a hope huge fan of Call the Midwife so was delighted to see Charlotte Ritchie cast as Elyot’s new wife. I have seen the 1931 film based on the play so I was eager to see how the play compared, I had really loved the film.
This play is outstanding, it ticks all the boxes, it is funny, a little scary at times! and keeps you guessing! Tom Chambers and Laura Rogers are very well cast, I loved Tom’s dancing and he pulled off Elyott with ease as if he was born to play the role. He was charming and arrogant made you fall in love with the role and Laura was beautifully right for the role of Amanda, witty and delightfully bitter, the two leads shared an amazing chemistry and really worked off each other.
I really loved the set design and it really added to the atmosphere of the play, I liked how they changed the scenes so well and easily. Charlotte was wonderful as Sybil who wants to know all about his ex-wife she is annoying and yet adorable, again her chemistry with all the actors was a pleasure to see.
Also I felt the music really added to the atmosphere and thought both Tom and Laura had wonderful singing voice but I must add I did find Charlotte’s singing entertaining and amusing!
I am so glad I picked this play to see after not being to the theatre for a while, it really reminded me of why the theatre is so important and such a special place. To be able to see something played out in front of you as you react to it is something very unique I think and Private Lives really was this, you reacted to every line and moment. Having seen the film which I still love, seeing it in real time was very different and I really connected with the story.
A must see play.
Tickets cost from £16.90 to £42.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Private Lives is at the Theatre Royal in Brighton until 6 February 2016. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 871 7650.
Theatre Royal. New Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1SD | 0844 871 7650