Noel Coward's Hit Comedy "Private Lives" opens July 17th for five week limited engagement!
West Palm Beach's only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks will present Noel Coward's sophisticated comedy of manners, Private Lives, when it launches its summer season on Friday, July 17th (8PM) at their intimate downtown theatre (322 Banyan Boulevard). Specially priced preview performances are slated for July 15th & 16th (8PM) and the production will run through August 16th. Private Lives takes place in a swanky hotel in France where divorced couple, Elyot and Amanda, happen to meet while they are both on their respective second honeymoons. With hotel rooms that share adjoining terraces, their love is quickly rekindled and they reunite only to fall back into their volatile relationship! It soon becomes apparent than these two individuals can't live without each other, and yet can't seem to live with each other. "In an effort to complement our winter season, Private Lives is the perfect summer comedy," stated Managing Director Sue Ellen Beryl. "It's wickedly funny, elegant to watch and heartwarming to root for these over-the-top lovable characters." Resident director J. Barry Lewis will direct the production which will feature Wynn Harmon, Caroline Strong, Katherine Tanner and Cliff Burgess along with scenery designed by Michael Amico, costumes designed by Brian O'Keefe, lights designed by Ron Burns and sound designed by Steve Shapiro. The four-character play made its Broadway premiere in 1931, starring Noel Coward himself. It has a long history with six Broadway revivals, most recently in 2002, and a long list of well known cast members including Laurence Olivier, Tallulah Bankhead, Maggie Smith, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and Alan Rickman. Sir Noel Coward made his professional stage debut as a dancer at age 11. As a teenager, he was introduced into high society and became a respected and accomplished performer, writer, and director. Coward composed hundreds of songs, wrote the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and had over 50 plays published. Among his many well known plays are Design for Living, Present Laughter, and Blithe Spirit, currently running at The Shubert Theatre on Broadway. Coward was awarded an Honorary Academy Award and a special Tony Award for his immortal contribution to theatre.