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PRIVATE LIVES (article first published : 2002-09-19)

A production of the evergreen and deliciously sophisticated comedy Private Lives is always welcomed by lovers of the works of its creator, Noel Coward. Running at the Hilton College Theatre as this year's Nedbank/Syfrets Private Banking Flagship production at the Natal Witness Hilton Arts Festival from September 20 to 22, Private Lives will have a further run at Kwasuka Theatre opening at the end of the month.

Currently playing on Broadway in New York, Private Lives has recently won three Tony Awards and is enjoying a new wave of interest, attention and popularity on stages around the world. This new production by the innovative KickstArt, the theatre company which presented the highly successful Popcorn and The Importance of Being Earnest, will undoubtedly attract new audiences to the brilliant late playwright’s best loved comedy.

Billed as “An Intimate Comedy in Three Acts”, this charming version will be directed by KickstArt’s multi Vita award winner, Greg King.

It is Amanda's honeymoon night and everything is perfect. The moonlight reflects on the water where expensive yachts are bobbing at anchor, cocktails have been poured and the orchestra is playing romantic music. Enter Amanda's ex-husband, who is also on honeymoon … in the neighbouring hotel suite!

Private Lives sparkles with gaiety and wit and proves itself to be just as fresh, funny and relevant as it was in 1930. This "intimate comedy" is a delightfully simple, light and witty piece about two attractive lovers unable to live together and unable to live apart. It also features the most famous balcony scene in the history of theatre since Romeo and Juliet!

As Elyot, the show stars one of South Africa's most respected actors, Ralph Lawson, with KZN's glamorous and multi-talented Belinda Harward as Amanda. These two roles were played by Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence in the original production. Also in the cast are Stacey Taylor, Kevin Turner and Olivia Borgen.

After the Hilton festival, the show moves to Kwasuka Theatre where it will run from September 26 to October 19. Book at Computicket.




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