The Chichester Festival Theatre production of Noel Coward’s 1930 comedy Private Lives will transfer to the West End, starring Toby Stephens, Anna Chancellor and Anna-Louise Plowman. Directed by Jonathan Kent and designed by Anthony Ward, the production will play a limited engagement at the Gielgud Theatre from June 22 through September 21. Opening night is set for July 3.
In Private Lives, Elyot Chase (Stephens) and Amanda Prynne (Chancellor) are glamorous, rich, reckless and divorced. But after five years, their love for one another is rekindled: The duo is unexpectedly placed in adjoining rooms at a Riviera hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses. The production premiered on September 21, 2012 at the Minerva Theatre as part of the Chichester Festival Theatre.
Stephens’ theater credits include Danton’s Death, The Real Thing, A Doll’s House, Betrayal, A Streetcar Named Desire, Coriolanus and Phedre. His film and TV credits include Jane Eyre, Die Another Day and Vexed. Chancellor has appeared onstage in Wallenstein, The Deep Blue Sea, My Fair Lady, Death and the Maiden, The White Guard, The Power of Yes and Neverland. Her film and TV credits include Upstairs Downstairs, Restless and Holby City. Plowman’s stage credits include Three Tall Women, Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Musical Scenes and Thirst. Her TV credits include Dr. Who, Cambridge Spies and New Tricks.