West End Production of Private Lives, with Cattrall and Macfadyen, Begins Feb. 24

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"Sex and the City" star Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen, who played Mr. Darcy in the 2005 film version of "Pride and Prejudice," begin performances in a new production of Noel Coward's 1930 comedy Private Lives Feb. 24 at London's Vaudeville Theatre.
Private Lives star Kim Cattrall
Private Lives star Kim Cattrall Photo by Nobby Clark

It opens officially March 3, for a run that is booking through May 1. Prior to the West End, it played an out of-town run at Bath's Theatre Royal, Feb. 10-20. The production also features Lisa Dillon and Simon Paisley Day. It is directed by Richard Eyre and designed by Rob Howell, with lighting by David Howe and sound by Jason Barnes. It is produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions, Duncan C. Weldon ands Paul Elliott and Sonia Friedman Productions.

In the play, which was last seen on Broadway in 2002 in the transfer of a West End production that starred Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman, Amanda (Cattrall) and Elyot (Macfadyen) have been divorced from each other for five years. Now both are honeymooning with their new spouses Victor and Sybil (Day and Dillon, respectively) in the South of France. When by chance they meet again across adjoining hotel balconies, their insatiable feelings for each other are immediately rekindled. Without a care for scandal, new partners or memories of what drove them apart in the first place, they hurl themselves headlong into love and lust.

The British-born Cattrall has previously appeared in the West End in productions of Whose Life Is It, Anyway? at the Comedy Theatre in 2005 and David Mamet's The Cryptogram at the Donmar Warehouse in 2006. She is best known for playing Samantha Jones in the HBO TV series "Sex and the City" (for which she won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and five Emmy nominations) and the subsequent 2008 film version. She is currently filming "Sex and the City 2." Other film roles include appearances in the forthcoming Roman Polanski political thriller "The Ghost" and "Meeting Monica Valour" as well as "Porky's," "Police Academy," "Bonfire of the Vanities," "Star Trek VI," John Carpenter's cult classic "Big Trouble in Little China," "Mannequin" and "The Tiger's Tail." She was also seen in the TV movie "My Boy Jack," opposite Daniel Radcliffe. She has also written several books, including "Sexual Intelligence," which was a best seller, "Being a Girl: Navigating the Ups and Downs of Teenage Life," and "Satisfaction: The Art of the Female Orgasm," a New York Times best seller.

Macfadyen last appeared on stage in The Pain and the Itch at the Royal Court in 2007, and previously played Prince Hal in the National Theatre's production of Henry IV in 2005. He is also known for his role as Tom Quinn in the BBC TV series "Spooks," and is soon to appear as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Russell Crowe's forthcoming film "Robin Hood."

Dillon was last seen on the London stage in the U.K. premiere of Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre last year. She had previously appeared at the Almeida in Period of Adjustment and Hedda Gabler. Othe recent stage credits include Under the Blue Sky at the Duke of York's Theatre and Present Laughter and The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other (both at the National Theatre). She has also played Desdemona in Othello for the Royal Shakespeare Company, and she won the Ian Charleson Award and the Critics' Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award for her performance as Hilda Wangel in The Master Builder at the Albery Theatre. Her film credits include "Bright Young Things," and on TV she played Mary Smith in the BBC's "Cranford." Day was last seen on the London stage in the revival of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane that played at the West End's Trafalgar Studios last year. Other stage credits include Timon of Athens (Globe), The Ugly One (Royal Court), The 39 Steps (Tricycle/West End) and The Philanthropist (Donmar Warehouse). His television credits include "Midsomer Murders," "Dr. Who," "The Catherine Tate Show" and "The Belsen Redemption."

Richard Eyre was previously director of the National Theatre from 1988 to 1997. He is currently represented on Broadway by his co-direction of Mary Poppins, and he also recently directed Bizet's Carmen at New York's Metropolitan Opera House. He has won five Olivier Awards, four Evening Standard Awards, three Critics' Circle Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Directors Guild. His has also directed the films "The Ploughman's Lunch," "Iris," "Stage Beauty" and "Notes on a Scandal."

To book tickets, contact the box office at 0844 412 4663, or visit www.privatelivestheplay.com.

Matthew Macfadyen and Kim Cattrall
Matthew Macfadyen and Kim Cattrall
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