Noel Cowards’ brilliant. witty play Private Lives was a huge success!
Dates 18-20 April 2012
“Private Lives”, thought by many to be the greatest comedy ever written, premiered in London in 1930 and has been produced around the world ever since. The plot resembles that of a tragedy, but Coward fashions from it a fast-paced story, moving from misfortune to full-blown absurdity.
Prone to cynicism and irreverence, Coward’s glamorous upper-class characters seem incapable of taking much of anything seriously for long – a condition which usually proves contagious for the audience as well. He firmly believed the theatre existed for people’s amusement, not to teach or reform.
Glamorous, rich and reckless, Amanda and Elyot have been divorced from each other for five years. Now both are honeymooning in a French resort with their new spouses. When, by chance, they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies, their insatiable feelings for each other are immediately rekindled. They hurl themselves headlong into love and lust (the second act love scene was nearly censored in Britain) without a care for scandal, new partners or memories of what drove them apart in the first place.
In the past the play has attracted such names as Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Maggie Smith and John Gielgud. The Gweek Players’ production, directed by the irrepressible Guy Watson, will star Michelle Dickson as Amanda, Sandy Pulfrey as Sibyl, James Care as Elyot and Alan Perry as Victor.
The cast and enthusiastic backup crew aim to recreate the ambience of the 1930’s in Gweek Village Hall. The stage and auditorium will become an exquisite French Art Deco Hotel with a pianist playing the music of the era.
“Private Lives” will open on April 18th for three nights only. Performances at Gweek Village Hall. For tickets – £8.00 including a delicious dessert – call 0845 0948874 or from Heathercraft, Helston.
In the 28 years since the group was founded, Gweek Players have offered Cornwall two plays per year, usually in April and November. Comedies have been the mainstay of the repertoire – they know how much their audiences enjoy a good laugh – but straight plays, thrillers, mysteries, even the occasional classic, have all been included.
Over the years they have established a reputation for putting on high quality, professional-standard shows, and intend to continue doing so for many years to come.