Private Lives

Private Lives (Churchill Theatre, Bromley and touring)
Tom Chambers and Laura Rogers star as Noel Coward's quarrelling lovers
Top 5 theatre openings this week: 18 - 24 January
From the Churchill in Bromley to the Lyceum in Edinburgh, we pick our top five openings of the week
Alan Rickman obituary: He loved the baddies he played
Michael Coveney reflects on the life and work of Alan Rickman, who has died at the age of 69
First look at Private Lives rehearsals
The revival of the the Noel Coward classic is set to open in Woking later this month
Casting announced for Headlong's autumn season
Denise Gough and Greta Scacchi join Headlong for upcoming productions of The Glass Menagerie and People, Places and Things
Casting announced for For Services Rendered in Chichester
Howard Davies' production of W. Somerset Maugham's 1932 drama runs at the Minerva Theatre from 31 July
Matt Trueman: 'Classics no longer guarantee box office success'
New data shows that revivals of familiar works aren't a safe bet for theatres
Matt Trueman: Church and Finch will leave big shoes to fill at Chichester
'For the last five years Chichester has practically kept the West End in business'
Michael Coveney on Maggie Smith's 'unique' stage career
Hints that Dame Maggie will no longer appear on stage signal the end of an illustrious chapter, writes her biographer
Theatre by the Lake New Season includes Abigail's Party and The 39 Steps
Also in the new season is an adaptation of The Snow Queen and Suddenly Last Summer.