Private Lives tour to star Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge

A new production of Noël Coward's 'Private Lives' has been announced this morning. Stage and screen stars Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge will play the starring roles in this new touring revival of Coward's classic play.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe, Havers and Hodge will be joined onstage by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart and Natalie Walter.


Cowards' piece follows a divorced couple who accidentally reunite on the French Riviera. It follows a divorced couple who, while honeymooning with their new spouses, discover that they are staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. Coward wrote one of his most popular songs, "Some Day I'll Find You", for the play.

Opening in Bath on 1 October 2020, the show will then visit Norwich, Cheltenham, Newcastle, Cambridge, Richmond, Malvern and Leeds, with further dates to be announced.

Find out more on Theatre Royal Bath's website.

Peace in our Time at the Union Theatre, London

The Union Theatre is an Off-West End award winning theatre in Southwark, London SE1. For its fourth year at the Union Theatre, the Phil Willmott Company’s hugely popular Essential Classics season celebrates the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day with 3 productions exploring the British in W.W.2, including Noël Coward's, Peace in Our Time. 

The play envisions the Nazi war machine managing to fight through the Battle of Britain and landing on the island. The piece, as expected due to its subject matter, is unusual for its heavy tone, taking a darker approach than the comedic feel featured in most of Coward's plays.


The production takes place March 11th - April 4th 2020, and tickets can be booked here.

Upcoming Production of Private Lives at The Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis have announced Noël Coward's hot-blooded comedy Private Lives as part of their 2020 - 2021 season. The production will take place September 12 – October 24, 2020, with former artistic director Joe Dowling makeing his much-anticipated return to the Guthrie to direct this will-they-won’t-they comedy.

It’s been five years since divorcees Elyot and Amanda called it quits. They’re both on marriage number two and honeymooning in France with their new spouses, Sibyl and Victor, who remain unconvinced that the flames between the contemptuous duo have fizzled. When the couples discover they are vacationing at the same hotel, insults and romantic sparks fly until everyone is caught in the love-hate crossfire and forced to follow their hearts. 

Tickets go on sale on the Guthrie Theatre website on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Private Lives by Artistas Unidos, Portugal

Translated by Miguel Esteves Cardoso, Artistas Unidos offer us an unexpected view of the sophisticated and brilliant Noël Coward (1899-1973). Private Lives (1930) was written in just three days, and was one of Coward's most impressive critical and box-office hits.The play is about the sparkle and opaqueness of language, the joys and evils of marriage and divorce, couples that are never happy be they together or apart, and the lights that go out when the champagne runs out. 


The production began touring on 31 October 2019, and will continue to perform at numerous venues across Portugal unit 9 March 2020. Full dates and locations can be found here. 

List of Upcoming Productions


The Rogue Theatre, Tucsan, Arizona, US - 7th -29th November 2019

Meadow Brook Theatre Company, Michigan, US - 8th January 2020 – 2nd February 2020

PRIVATE LIVES, Stratford Festival, Canada

The wit of Noël Coward is at its cheekiest in this uproarious romantic comedy, set in a sophisticated world of cocktails, glamour and sparkling repartee. 

24 April - 26 October 2019

Directed by Carey Perloff

PRESENT LAUGHTER, Chichester Festival Theatre

Coward's sparkling comedy opens Chichester's 2018 Festival, starring Rufus Hound.

20 April - 12 May

Directed by Sean Foley.

TONIGHT AT 8:30, Jermyn Street Theatre

Coward's scintillating collection of nine one-act plays are revived in London for the first time in decades.

10 April - 20 May

Directed by Tom Littler

BRIEF ENCOUNTER, Haymarket Empire

The award-winning, critically acclaimed Kneehigh and Emma Rice production of BRIEF ENCOUNTER returns to the West End after touring the globe.

2 March - 2 September

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice


Stefan Bednarczyk returns to Crazy Coqs with more classic songs, some lesser known rediscoveries, and further revealing extracts of poetry and prose.

March 6 & 7

HEY, LOOK ME OVER! - Encores! at 25

A new musical about Broadway gems that have yet to be revived on the Encores! stage

07 February - 11 February

Featuring the music of SAIL AWAY


UK TOUR, click here for full list of venues and dates

16 January - 21 April 2018

Cast includes: 

Olivia Beardsley – Sybil Chase

Keiran Buckeridge – Victor Prynne

Jack Hardwick – Elyot Chase

Helen Keeley – Amanda Prynne


Noel, Noël: An Evening of Classic Coward at The Bishopsgate Institute

9 December


Directed by:

Anna Pool

BLITHE SPIRIT at Guthrie Theater

Blithe Spirit at the Guthrie Theater

25 November – 14 January 2018


Directed by:

David Ivers

POST-MORTEM at Guildhall

Post Mortem at Guildhall

23 November – 29 November 2017


Directed by:

Lucy Bailey

Performed by students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama


SHADOWS OF THE EVENING at Bridewell Theatre

Shadows of the Evening at The Bridewell Theatre

21 November – 1 December 2017


Directed by:

Susan Raasay

SALUTE TO THE BRAVE at Scholastic Theatre

Salute to the Brave at the Scholastic Theatre

A one-night only special event, 13 November


Crazy Coqs, Live at Zedel

31 October and 1, 2, 4 & 5 November



Simon Green

David Shrubsole

HAY FEVER at Melbourne Theatre Company

Southbank Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company

23 September - 28 October 2017

Cast Includes:

Simon Bliss - Gareth Davies

Clara - Marg Downey

Richard Greatham - Simon Gleeson

David Bliss - Kim Gyngell

Jackie Croyton - Alexandra Keddie

Judith Bliss - Marina Prior

Sorel Bliss - Imogen Sage

Myra Arundel - Monica Sayers

Sandy Tyrell - Drew Weston

Directed by: Lee Lewis


UK TOUR, click here for full list of venues and dates

6 September – 25 November 2017

Cast includes: 

Olivia Beardsley – Sybil Chase

Keiran Buckeridge – Victor Prynne

Jack Hardwick – Elyot Chase

Helen Keeley – Amanda Prynne



10 - 20 August 

Translated and Directed by: 

Shuang Zou

THIS WAS A MAN at the Leicester Square Theatre

Leicester Square Theatre, London

11 - 28 May

Cast includes: 

Paul Vitty

Daisy Porter

Tom Pike

Bibi Lucille

Teddy Corbett

James Chadburn

A.W. King

PRIVATE LIVES at the Gate Theatre, Dublin

Gate Theatre, Dublin

31 March - 24 June

Cast includes: 

Peter Gaynor

Esosa Ighodaro

Rebecca O'Mara

Shane O'Reilly

Lorna Quinn

Directed by: Patrick Mason

PRESENT LAUGHTER at St James Theatre, Broadway

St. James Theatre

10 March - 2 July


Kevin Kline

Kate Burton

Kristine Nielson

Cobie Smulders

Directed by: Moritz Von Stuelpnagel

HAY FEVER in Scotland

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

10 March to 1 April - Click here to book

Citizen's Theatre, Glasgow

5 to 22 April -  Click here to book


Charlie Archer

Katie Barnett

Benny Baxter-Young
Rosemary Boyle
Nathan Ives-Moiba
Pauline Knowles
Myra McFadyen
Hywel Simons

Susan Wooldridge

Director: Dominic Hill

Designer: Tom Piper

Composer: Claire McKenzie

Lighting: Chris Davey

PRIVATE LIVES at Geva Theatre Center

Geva Theatre Center

21 March - 16 April


Bill Christ

Jenny Leona

David Andrew Macdonald

Monette Magrath


Touring the UK in Spring 2017

25 February - 4 May

Devised by: Sheridan Morley

BLITHE SPIRIT at Middlesbrough Theatre

Middlesbrough Theatre

15 - 18 February


Charles Condomine: Simon Blake

Ruth Condomine: Helen Rose Hampton

Natasha Haws: Elvira

Allison Saxton: Madame Arcati

PRIVATE LIVES at the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Centre in Florida

The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol

16 January - 12 February


Amanda Prynne: Lauren Culver

Elyot Chase: Brian Zealand

Victor Prynne: Tyler Beauregard

Sybil Chase: Emily Miraglia


59E59 Theater

13 December - 1 January 2017

Created by and Starring: Simon Green , with David Shrubsole

A MARVELOUS PARTY at Winter Park Theatre, Florida

Winter Park Theatre 

10 November - 11 December

Devised by: David Ira Goldstein, Mark Anders & Patricia Wilcox 

Musical Arrangements: Carl Danielsen 

HOI POLLOI at The Lion Theatre, New York

The Lion Theatre

1-13 November

Director: Mindy Cooper Grenke

BLITHE SPIRIT The Mill at Sonning

The Mill at Sonning

20 September - 19 November

Starring: Darrell Brockis, Belinda Carroll, Michael Cochrane, Janine Leigh, Phillipa Peak, Elizabeth Power, Finty Williams

Director: Tam Williams  

HOME CHAT Finborough Theatre

Finborough Theatre

30 August - 24 September

Starring: Polly Adams, Tim Chipping, Philip Correia, Joanna David, Richard Dempsey, Nelly Harker, Robert Hazle, Clare Lawrence Moody & Zoë Waites

Director: Martin Parr

Designer: Rebecca Brower

Costume Designer: Charlotte Espiner

Lighting Designer: Christopher Nairne

Sound Designer: Pete Malkin

Composer: Cathy Jayes

THIS HAPPY BREED Pitlochry Festival Theatre

Pitlochry Festival Theatre

28 July - 13 October (in rep)

Starring: Helen Logan, Jacqueline Dutoit, Stephanie Wilson, Mark Elstob, Owen Aaronovitch, Anna McGarahan, Hannah Howie, John Winchester, Geroge Arvidson, Gemma McElhinney, Tabitha Tingey, Lee Dillon-Stuart

Director: John Durnin

Set & Costume Designer: Adrian Rees

Lighting Designer: Wayne Dowdeswell

PRESENT LAUGHTER Theatre Royal Bath/ATG Tour

UK Tour
22 June - 13 Aug 2016

Starring: Samuel West, Phyllis Logan, Daisy Boulton, Zoe Boyle, Martin Hancock, Elizabeth Holland, Rebecca Johnson, Toby Longworth, Jason Morell, Sally Tatum, Patrick Walsh McBride
Director: Stephen Unwin
Designer: Simon Higlett
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Sound: John Leonard

THE VORTEX British Theatre Playhouse

Raffles Hotel Singapore
27 April - 15 May 2016

Starring: Jane Seymour OBE, James Cartwright, Alex Spinney, Arthur Bostrom, Kate Malyon, Tracy Brabin, Julie Teal, John Fagan
Director: Bob Thomson
Designer: Michael Holt

PRIVATE LIVES Mercury Theatre

Mercury Theatre
20 May - 4 June  2016

Starring: Pete Ashmore, Krissi Bohn, Olivia Onyehara, Robin Kingsland, Christine Absalom
Director: Esther Richardson
Designer: Sara Perks
Lighting: Richard Godin
Sound: Adam P McCready for Poetical Machines Ltd

Fight DIrector: Craig Hamblyn

HAY FEVER Sydney Theatre Company

Sydney Theatre Company
11 April - 21st May 2016

Starring: Briallen Clarke, Tom Conroy, Alan Dukes, Harriet Dyer, Genevieve Lemon, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Josh McConville, Heather Mitchell, Helen Thomson
Director: Imara Savage
Designer: Alicia Clements
Lighting: Trent Suidgeest
Sound: Max Lyandvert


18 January - 12 March 2016

Starring Tom Chambers, Laura Rogers, Charlotte Ritchie & Richard Teverson
Director: Tom Attenborough
Designer: Lucy Osborne
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: Gregory Clarke

FALLEN ANGELS Salisbury Playhouse

Salisbury Playhouse
10 September - 3 October 2015

Starring Carolyn Backhouse, Jackie Clune, Callum Coates, Gregory Finnegan, Lucy Thackeray & William Travis
Director: Jessica Swale
Designer: Simon Kenny
Lighting: Peter Hunter
Composer & Musical Supervisor: Paul Herbert


Proud Haddock Theatre Company
4 - 29 August 2015

Starring Beth Eyre, Lianne Harvey, John McCormick, Tom Self, Stephen Fawkes, James Lorcan, Tracey Pickup & James Sindall
Director: Jimmy Walters
Designer: Oliver Daukes
Lighting: Phillip Jones
Costume: Rosemary Elliott Dancs

Musical Director: Piers Sherwood Roberts

FALLEN ANGELS Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
25 July - 7 November 2015

Starring Polly Lister, Frances Marshall, Emily Tucker, Richard Earl, Ben Ingles & Jonny McPherson

Director: Ian Forrest
Designer: Martin Johns

Lighting: Nick Beadle
Sound: Maura Guthrie

Fight Director: Peter Macqueen

Musical Consultant: Richard Atkinson


BLITHE SPIRIT Black Swan State Theatre Company

Black Swan State Theatre Company, Australia
18 July - 9 August 2015

Starring Adam Booth, Adriane Daff, Michelle Fornasier, Ella Hetherington, Michael Loney, Jo Morris & Alison van Reeken
Director: Jeffrey Jay Fowler
Designer: Bryan Woltjen
Lighting: Jon Buswell
Sound/Composer: Ash Gibson Greig

HAY FEVER Duke of York's, West End

Theatre Royal Bath at the Duke of York's

29 April - 1 August 2015

Starring Felicity Kendal, Simon Shepherd, Michael Simkins, Sara Stewart, Celeste Dodwell, Edward Franklin, Edward Killingback, Alice Orr-Ewing & Mossie Smith

Director: Lindsay Posner
Designer: Peter McKintosh
Lighting: Paul Pyant
Sound: Fergus O'Hare

Composer: Michael Bruce

Associate Director: Tom Attenborough


PRIVATE LIVES Octagon Theatre

Octagon Theatre, Bolton
26 March - 18 April 2015

Starring Chiraz Aïch, Jessica Baglow, Niall Costello, Fiona Hampton & Harry Long
Director: Elizabeth Newman
Designer: Amanda Stoodley
Lighting: Wayne Dowdeswell
Musical Director, Composer & Sound Designer: Ben Occhipinti
Movement & Associate Director: Fiona Mulvihill

BRIEF ENCOUNTER ON AIR Theatre Royal Windsor

Bill Kenwright Ltd
11-21 February 2015

Starring Jenny Seagrove, Martin Shaw, Roy Marsden, Sara Crowe, Simon Shepherd, Caroline Langrishe & Jared Ashe
Director: Roy Marsden

THIS WAS A MAN Finborough Theatre

Finborough Theatre, London
15 July - 2 August 2014 

Starring Nicholas Audsley, Alex Corbet Burcher, Jamie De Courcey, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Robert Portal, Georgina Rylance & Grace Thurgood

Director: Belinda Lang
Designer: Simon Kenny
Lighting: Matt Eagland

Sound: Max Pappenheim
Costume: Simon Kenny & Jessica Knight


ACE OF CLUBS Union Theatre

Union Theatre, Southwark
7-31 May 2014

Starring Emma Harris, Gary Wood, Kate Milner-Evans, Patrick Neyman, Lucy May Barker, Michael Hobbs & John Game
Director: Jack Thorpe-Baker
Musical Director: Steven Edis

Choregorapher: Mark Smith

TONIGHT AT 8.30 2014 UK Tour

English Touring Theatre 
24 April - 26 July 2014

Starring Kirsty Besterman, Amy Cudden, Daniel Crossley, Shereen Martin, Olivia Poulet, Gyuri Sarossy, Peter Singh, Orlando Wells & Rupert Young
Director: Blanche McIntyre
Designer: Robert Innes Hopkins
Lighting: Johanna Town
Sound: Gregory Clarke
Music Director: Michael Haslam

Choreographer: Bill Deamer

BLITHE SPIRIT Gielgud Theatre, West End

Gielgud Theatre, West End
28 February - 7 June 2014

Starring Dame Angela Lansbury, Charles Edwards, Jemima Rooper, Patsy Ferran, Janie Dee, Serena Evans & Simon Jones
Director: Michael Blakemore
Designer: Simon Higlett
Lighting: Mark Jonathan
Sound: Ben & Max Ringham

Associate Director: Jenny Eastop

Private Lives tour to star Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge

A new production of Private Lives has been announced today. Stage and screen stars Nigel Havers and Patricia Hodge will play the starring roles in a new touring revival of Noël Coward's classic play. The production will be directed by Christopher Luscombe, and Havers and Hodge will be joined onstage by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart and Natalie Walter.


Private Lives follows a divorced couple who accidentally reunite on the French Riviera. Despite a perpetually stormy relationship, they realise that they still have feelings for each other. Coward wrote one of his most popular songs, "Some Day I'll Find You", for the play.


Opening in Bath on 1 October 2020, the show will then visit Norwich, Cheltenham, Newcastle, Cambridge, Richmond, Malvern and Leeds, with further dates to be announced.

More informtation can be found on Theatre Royal Bath's website.