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"Private Lives" Noel Coward

"Private Lives" By Noel Coward

"Private Lives" by Noel Coward

Condition - Very Good
5 in stock


Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne, divorced from one another five years previously, arrive coincidentally at the same French hotel. They are both honeymooning with their respective new spouses, but find that the old bond between them cannot be swept aside.

"Private Lives" Summary

"Private Lives" by Noel Coward

One of Coward's best-loved classics in a single-play edition Coward's wit and precision as a modern dramatist is nowhere better exemplified than in this classic modern plays from 1930. Elyot Chase and Amanda Prynne (originally played by Gertrude Lawrence and Noel Coward), recently divorced from one another five years previously, arrive coincidentally at the same French hotel. They are honeymooning with their respective new spouses. Encountering one another by chance, each is at once horrified and fascinated by the other. Together they leave for Paris and begin a roundelay of quarrels and love intrigues that culminate in their getting back together.

"Private Lives" Reviews

'Noel Coward's glittering gem' Sam Marlowe, The Times, 28.1.09 'The brilliance of Coward's conceit... is as sparkling as it ever was.' John Nathan, Jewish Chronicle, 30.1.09 'The play is marriage in three parts, but with better jokes and an interval.' Nina Caplan, Time Out London, 5.2.09 'In a word - go.' Dominic Cavendish, Daily Telegraph, 3.3.11

About Noel Coward

Noel Coward made his name as a playwright with The Vortex (1924), in which he also appeared. His numerous other successful plays included Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, and Blithe Spirit. During the war he wrote screenplays such as Brief Encounter (1944) and This Happy Breed (1942). His volumes of verse, autobiography and letters have all been published to acclaim by Methuen Drama. Coward was knighted in 1970 and died three years later in Jamaica.

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"Private Lives" by Noel Coward
Used - Very Good
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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