Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens drape their arms over each other in front of a green background.

Private Lives

Noël Coward
Gielgud Theatre
Directed by Jonathan Kent

"I think very few people are completely normal, really, deep down in their private lives.”

Private Lives, a comedy of manners by Noel Coward, sees a romance revisited between Elyot and Amanda after they unexpectedly meet each other while both on honeymoon with their respective spouses. 

This production was captured by Digital Theatre live at the Gielgud Theatre in London’s West End. It was directed by Jonathan Kent and starred Toby Stephens as Elyot and Anna Chancellor as Amanda. It was described by the Daily Telegraph as “two hours of comic bliss.”

Production duration: 1 hr 36 min

Cast & creative team


  • Elyot Chase
    Toby Stephens
  • Amanda Prynne
    Anna Chancellor
  • Victor Prynne
    Anthony Calf
  • Sibyl Chase
    Anna-Louise Plowman
  • Louise
    Sue Kelvin
  • Understudy - Elyot Chase/Victor Prynne
    Jon Edgley Bond
  • Understudy - Amanda Prynne/Sibyl Chase/Louise
    Fliss Walton


  • Jonathan Kent
  • Anthony Ward
  • Mark Henderson
    Lighting Designer
  • Paul Groothuis
    Sound Designer
  • Matthew Scott
  • Gabrielle Dawes
    Casting Director
  • Denni Sayers
    Movement/Assistant Director
  • Paul Benzing
    Fight Director
  • Yvonne Milnes
    Costume Supervisor
  • Lily Mollgaard
    Props Supervisor
  • Jonny Boutwood
    Casting Assistant
  • Paul Hennessy
    Production Manager
  • Ba Penney
    Company Stage Manager
  • Tamara Albachari
    Deputy Stage Manager
  • Becky Hartnett
    Assistant Stage Manager
  • Corey Lewis
    Deputy Assistant Stage Manager
  • Paula McIntosh
    Head of Wardrobe
  • Katja Krzesinska
    Deputy Head of Wardrobe
  • Corinne Young
    Hair and Make-Up Artist
  • Becky Barber for Old Vic Productions
    General Management