David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions present The Nigel Havers Theatre Company

Patricia Hodge   Nigel Havers

Private Lives

By Nöel Coward

Festival Theatre
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Noël Coward’s finest comedy

The Independent

Elyot and Amanda, who were once married to each other, find themselves on honeymoon with their new partners, in the same hotel in the South of France and admiring the vista from adjoining balconies. Their initial horror evaporates as, within no time at all, they’re sharing cocktails, cigarettes and a romantic serenade and rekindling their previous passion. Caring nothing for scandal, they elope to Amanda’s Paris flat where their lust thaws as quickly as it had reignited and they resume the slanging match which drove them apart in the first place.

The Olivier Award-winning Patricia Hodge, one of the country’s most loved actresses – last seen at Chichester in Travels with My Aunt (2016) and Copenhagen (2018) – plays Amanda. The ever suave and charming Nigel Havers plays Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930. Dugald Bruce-Lockhart plays Victor and Natalie Walter plays Sibyl, with Aïcha Kossoko as Louise.

This new production is directed by Christopher Luscombe, whose work at Chichester includes Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing and Travels With My Aunt (2016).


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Cast & Creatives

Cast (in order of appearance)

Cast List

Natalie Walter


Nigel Havers


Dugald Bruce-Lockhart


Patricia Hodge


Aïcha Kossoko



Cast List

Nicholas Maude

Elyot and Victor

Jane Quinn

Sibyl and Louise

Linda Slade


Creative team

Cast List

Christopher Luscombe


Simon Higlett


Mark Jonathan

Lighting Designer

Jeremy Dunn

Sound Designer

Nigel Hess

Music Supervisor

Alex Stenhouse

Assistant Director

Sarah Bird CDG

Casting Director

Malcolm Ranson

Fight Director

Jenny Arnold


Paul Benzing

Associate Fight Director




Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Tue - Thu performances£10£18 £26£34£39
Fri & Sat performances£10£18£29£38£41
  • Friends and Concessions Tuesday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Groups 8+ Tuesday - Thursday: 10% off
  • Schools and Student Groups 10+ Tuesday - Thursday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • Festival Theatre: Discounts apply to top three price bands only (apart from Schools and College Groups)

  • Friends: Up to four discounted tickets per production
  • For this event: Tickets sold by CFT as agents acting on behalf of the presenting Producer
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds Log in to your account to see Prologue seats


Running Time
Approximately 2 hours, including an interval