By Mark Shenton
29 Jan 2013
It follows the transfer last year of Kent's production of Sweeney Todd from the previous year's Chichester season to the West End as well. As with Sweeney Todd, the original Chichester stars of Private Lives will reprise their performances in the West End, with Toby Stephens playing Elyot Chase and Anna Chancellor as Amanda Prynne. Also returning are Anthony Calf as Victor Prynne and Anna-Louise Plowman as Sibyl Chase.
In the play, "Elyot and Amanda are glamorous, rich, reckless . . . and divorced. Five years later, their love for one another is unexpectedly rekindled when they take adjoining suites of a Riviera hotel while honeymooning with their new spouses. This chance encounter instantly reignites their passion, and they fling themselves headlong into a whirlwind of love and lust once more, without a thought for partners present or turbulences past."
In a press statement, Chichester artistic director Jonathan Church commented, "We are absolutely delighted that the final production staged during our 50th anniversary season is transferring to the West End. The passionate on-stage chemistry between Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens captivated audiences and critics here last summer. Private Lives thrilled us by appealing to a younger Chichester audience, so it's particularly exciting that we’re able to offer daily top price tickets at £10 for the West End production in association with Time Out. This will be a great opportunity for as wide an audience as possible to see the sparks fly in Jonathan Kent’s glorious production."
Stephens was last seen on the London stage in Danton's Death at the National. Other West End credits include The Real Thing (The Old Vic), A Doll's House and Betrayal (both for Donmar Warehouse), A Streetcar Named Desire (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Coriolanus (RSC) and Phedre (Almeida Theatre and Broadway). Screen credits include the BBC 2 comedy drama series "Vexed," "Jane Eyre" and "Die Another Day."
Chancellor was last seen in the West End transfer of South Downs and The Browning Version, also from Chichester's Minerva Theatre. Other stage credits include The Last of the Duchess (Hampstead Theatre), Creditors (Donmar Warehouse and New York), The Observer (National Theatre), Boston Marriage (Donmar Warehouse and West End), King Lear (RSC, London and Japan) and Stanley (National Theatre and Broadway). Screen credits include "Pramface," "The Hour" (for which she received a BAFTA nomination), "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Pride and Prejudice."
Calf last appeared on stage in My Fair Lady at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre. London credits include Death and the Maiden, Rock 'n' Roll and My Night With Reg (both Royal Court and West End), and The White Guard, The Power of Yes, Gethsemane, Never So Good, The False Servant and The Madness of George III (all for the National Theatre). At Chichester, he has previously also appeared in The Deep Blue Sea and Wallenstein. TV appearances include "Restless" and "Upstairs Downstairs" and regular roles in "Holby City" and "New Tricks."
Plowman's stage credits include Three Tall Women (Oxford Playhouse), Five Women Wearing The Same Dress (Vital Theatre Co, NYC), Thirst ( Provincetown Playhouse, NYC), and Musical Scenes (Clod Ensemble). Television credits include "Holby City," "New Tricks," "Cambridge Spies" and "Dr Who."
Private Lives is produced in the West End by CFT Enterprises, Old Vic Productions, Duncan Weldon and APT Productions.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 482 5130 or visit www.privateliveswestend.com for more details.