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Classic Coward comedy at the Belgrade


Private Lives, Belgrade Theatre, April 19-21.

The smart French resort of Deauville in 1930 is the setting for Noel Coward's classic comedy of manners, which marks the return of the London Classic Theatre touring company to the Belgrade stage.

Written, astonishingly, in just three days, Private Lives displays to the full the Coward hallmarks of wit and fast-paced dialogue in a story centred around one night and two couples in adjoining honeymoon suites at a high society hotel. As a distant orchestra plays, strong passions are unleashed when an unexpected encounter unravels a tangled romantic history.

The London Classic Theatre were at the Belgrade in 2016 with The Birthday Party, and before that, with Absent Friends in 2015.

The Private Lives cast features a number of LCT regulars, including Gareth Bennett-Ryan as Elyot Chase, Olivia Beardsley as Sibyl Chase, Helen Keeley as Amanda Prynne and Paul Sandys as Victor Prynne. Direction is by Michael Cabot, now in his 25th year as the company's Artistic Director.

For tickets call 024 7655 3055 or go to www.belgrade.co.uk.

Pictured (left to right) are Olivia Beardsley as Sibyl, Gareth Bennett-Ryan as Elyot, Helen Keeley as Amanda, and Paul Sandys as Victor

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