David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions are delighted to present The Nigel Havers Theatre Company in Noel Coward’s gloriously entertaining PRIVATE LIVES. This will be the inaugural show for The Nigel Havers Theatre Company.
Theatre producer David Pugh said: “Nigel Havers is one of the biggest stars who likes to tour and in the past we have had some incredibly successful partnerships, from Art through to Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of Rebecca. My suggestion last year to Nigel to form The Nigel Havers Theatre Company was met with a wry smile, but he warmed to the idea and finally agreed that he would take 18 weeks out each year to tour a play, ‘as long as the play is entertaining and, most importantly, ticket prices are accessible to as many people as possible.’”
What has happened to the world since then has prompted some re-thinking, and David continued: “Little did we know last year that this now seems to be more important than ever and, when we are allowed again to safely open theatres, we have to realise theatre can no longer be the luxury item it so often is; theatre should be able to be seen by and be for everybody. Ticket pricing and ticketing charges have become ridiculous. I believe our job is simply to entertain and to as many people as possible and now, out of this crisis, let’s hope we can address this and do just that.”
David’s words which will put a hopeful smile on the faces of the many who have found that cost makes it increasingly more difficult to enjoy live theatre.
Private Lives is a dazzler – witty, scathing about the rich and reckless, the story revolves around a couple once married and now both on honeymoon with their new partners. After the initial horror of meeting up again, the fun, it would seem, really begins.
Much loved actress and Olivier Award-winning Patricia Hodge OBE, plays Amanda. Nigel Havers, acting for the first time ever in a Noel Coward play, is Elyot, the role taken by Noël Coward himself in the original production in 1930. Dugald Bruce-Lockhart plays Victor and Natalie Walter plays Sibyl.
Patricia has so many credits to her name, including Downton Abbey and Miranda, as well as Calendar Girls, His Dark Materials and A Little Night Music.
Nigel Havers is also a favourite in film, on TV and stage, just a few of which are: Empire of The Sun, Chariots of Fire, Rebecca, Coronation Street and Benidorm.
Dugald Bruce-Lockhart most recently appeared as Michael Gove in The Last Temptation of Boris Johnson at Park Theatre. He has also played David in Mamma Mia!
Natalie Walter’s most recent theatre credits include Pack of Lies, Jerusalem , Smash, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover and 39 Steps.
Christopher Luscombe will be directing, Simon Higlett is designing set and costume, Tim Mitchell is lighting designer and casting is by Sarah Bird.
Producer is David Pugh and Theatre Royal Bath Productions.
Further dates will be announced.
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Photograph provided by Amanda Malpass.