LONDON CLASSIC THEATRE ANNOUNCES AUTUMN TOUR OF NOËL COWARD’S PRIVATE LIVES
London Classic Theatre presents
By Noël Coward
Directed by Michael Cabot; Designed by Frankie Bradshaw; Lighting by Andy Grange
UK tour: 6 September – 25 November 2017
Playing Harlow Playhouse on October 19th to 21st.
Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre, Michael Cabot, today announces a major new touring production of Noël Coward’s comedy masterpiece, Private Lives. Cabot directs Olivia Beardsley (Sibyl Chase), Kieran Buckeridge (Victor Prynne), Jack Hardwick (Elyot Chase) and Helen Keeley (Amanda Prynne). The production tours to 17 venues around the UK this Autumn, opening at Malvern Festival Theatre on 7 September, previewing from 6 September, and concludes its run at Theatre Royal Plymouth on 25 November.
1930. Deauville, France. Two newly-married couples occupy adjoining honeymoon suites in the same hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, Sibyl gazes adoringly at charismatic husband Elyot, while Victor admires his new wife, the vivacious and sophisticated Amanda.
Champagne flows and the sea shimmers in the moonlight as the newlyweds prepare for the evening ahead. But when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences.
Full of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy. Extraordinarily written in only three days, Private Lives opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930 to packed houses. Since then, this charming comedy of manners has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences all over the world.
Noël Coward was one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th Century. His most notable plays include Hay Fever, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit.
Olivia Beardsley plays Sibyl Chase. She returns to London Classic Theatre having previously appeared in its UK tour of The Collector. Other theatre credits include Brimstone and Treacle (Hope Theatre), Secret Santa (Arts Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Centennial Park Open Air Theatre, Sydney), and Charcoal Creek (Merrigong Theatre Company). For film she has starred in The Babadook.
Kieran Buckeridge plays Victor Prynne. His theatre credits include Up Down Man, Can’t Buy Me Love, (Salisbury Playhouse), The Secret Adversary, Pinafore Swing (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Elektra, The Rivals, The History Boys, Our Country’s Good, The Recruiting Officer (Theatre by the Lake), and Hamlet (Nuffield, Southampton). For television, his credits include Ye Olde Dragon’s Den, Moving On, Pearly Gates and Worried about the Boy; and for film, Darkest House, Dementamania.
Jack Hardwick plays Elyot Chase. His recent theatre credits include The Railway Children (King’s Cross Theatre), Battis Boy (Arcola Theatre), Blood Wedding (The Courtyard Theatre), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Hoxton Hall), Collaborators (National Theatre), Kiss (White Bear Theatre), Quality Street (Finborough Theatre), The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory). For television, his credits include Misfits and Law and Order; and for film, Verona.
Helen Keeley plays Amanda Prynne. She returns to London Classic Theatre having previously appeared in The Importance of Being Earnest. Other theatre credits include The Picture of Dorian Gray (Trafalgar Studios & UK tour), YapYapYap (Battersea Arts Centre), Half, To The End (Southwark Playhouse), and A Summer Day’s Dream (Finborough Theatre). For film, she has starred in Where To Now.
Michael Cabot is the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre. He has directed all thirty-six LCT productions since their debut in 1993 including Hysteria, The Birthday Party, Waiting for Godot, Absent Friends, Entertaining Mr Sloane, Betrayal, The Importance of Being Earnest, Equus and After Miss Julie. He has overseen the company’s transition from one of the success stories of the London Fringe in the late nineties to its current position as one of the UK’s leading touring companies. His freelance work as director includes two recent collaborations with award-winning playwright Henry Naylor, The Collector (national tour 2016) and Angel, which premièred at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016. Angel has won several theatre awards, including a Scotsman Fringe First and the Holden Street Theatres Edinburgh Award in 2016. The production transferred to the Adelaide Fringe in February 2017, winning the Adelaide Critics Circle Award, before playing at the 59E59 Theater in New York as part of the Brits off Broadway season. Angel was chosen by The Times as one of the UK’s Top Ten productions in 2016. Michael will direct Henry Naylor’s Borders at the Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh in August 2017.
London Classic Theatre
In April 2000, London Classic Theatre was launched as a touring theatre company with David Mamet’s Oleanna. This inaugural tour lost a small fortune but doors had opened and, crucially, the work was being seen. Seventeen years and thirty-six tours later, London Classic Theatre is now a successful, established part of the commercial UK touring theatre scene. The company has never received any funding or sponsorship for its work. As Artistic Director, Michael Cabot has programmed a repertoire of classic and modern classic plays, a mixture of the challenging and the commercial, big titles and less well-known, including two UK premières – Hugh Leonard’s Love in the Title and Joanna Murray-Smith’s Nightfall. As venues and audiences have become more familiar with the work, he has been able to push the boundaries of what LCT offers, both in ambition, scale and complexity.
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