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Publisher's Summary

Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge star in Noël Coward’s classic comedy of manners. Private Lives was written in 1930 and has been a mainstay of British theatre ever since.
This sharply funny play of reversals focuses on Elyot and Amanda, a passionate but feuding couple who divorced five years before. Now, on the first night of their honeymoons with their new partners, they find that they are all staying in the same hotel on the French Riviera. Fireworks are inevitable....
The roles of the two ex-spouses are brilliantly recreated by Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge, while Coward’s scintillating repartee epitomises all the glamour and sophistication of life between the wars for society’s spoilt darlings.
The Classic Radio Theatre range presents notable radio productions of much-loved plays by some of the most renowned playwrights, and starring some of our finest actors.
(P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
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2 out of 5 stars
By Rekha on 07-13-10

Keep it private

Let me start by saying that Noel Coward is a genius. There is no doubt that he is a very witty and talented playwright. Having said that, maybe this play isn't his best. The actors' dialogue seems forced and overdone. I ended up being annoyed rather than amused.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kate on 08-08-17

So funny

Private Lives is so funny. The exs love and hate each other at the same time!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 01-05-14

Great adaptation

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you like the play, this is a great version.

What did you like best about this story?

The wit and performances.

Have you listened to any of Paul Scofield and Patricia Routledge ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Patricia Routledge was great, but I couldn't help picturing Hyacinth Bouquet occasionally.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Can't live with each other, can't live without each other.

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