Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen are in sublime form in this classy revival. The fight scene is so well done and just hilarious. Kim Cattrall has just good comic timing and stage presence. A production not to be missed. Enjoy! - Gman.
30 Mar 10
Sir Richard Eyre CBE (as he is formally billed in the programme) directs a delightful revival of one of Coward's funniest plays, well served by a mostly excellent cast. Lisa Dillon is splendidly irritating and Simon Paisley Day is hysterical as ramrod straight but befuddled Victor. Unfortunately Matthew Macfadyen is unable to shed his wooden tendencies and you need a far lightetr touch than he posesses to get way with a line like "Women should be struck regularly - like a gong", which now sounds cringingly anachronistic. Having seen all three of Kim Cattrall's recent West End performances it's no surprise that she is very good indeed. Of course she is able to handle the comedy but, despite an occasional lapse of accent, she perfectly captures the vulnerability of the apparently amoral Amanda. Kim Cattrall must have made a fortune from Sex and the City; perhaps she should do a Patrick Stewart and return home to continue an impressive resume of stage appearances. - David Baxter
25 Mar 10
My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed this play. The cast are all superb, the set, the costumes and the actor's comedy timing all impeccable. There were so many laugh-out-loud moments and the fight scene between Matthew and Kim was so realistic, the audience gasped. We can't recommend Private Lives enough and can only say that if you only see one show this year, make it this one! - Vicky
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