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Noël Coward's 'Private Lives' Hits The West End


Anna Chancellor Noel Coward Toby Stephens

Described as a 'comedy of manners' - a play that satirises different echelons of the social ladder - Noël Coward's 1930 three-act play centres on Elyot (Toby Stephens) and Amanda (Anna Chancellor) who have been divorced for five years when they run into each other again whilst on honeymoon with their new spouses. The coincidental encounter reignites the divorcee's former passion irrespective of the marital issues they previously had, or the feelings of their current partners.

Jonathan Kent
Director Jonathon Kent Likens Private Lives To An Exquisite Fabergé Egg.

The play had a successful run at Chichester's Festival theatre, lampooning the glamorous and reckless lives of the rich and will now, according to the theatre's website, "blaze across the West End stage this summer in an explosive production that proves Noël Coward still has the power to thrill, provoke and delight." Accomplished British lead actors Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Toby Stephens (Die Another Day) are praised by The Telegraph for the "sense of unbuttoned intimacy and desire" between them in a "superb production [that] feels forever young, fresh and delightful."

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Ben Wishaw - Ben Wishaw leaving Noel Coward Theatre after performing in Peter and Alice - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Gabby Rossdale - Press night performance of 'Peter And Alice' at the Noel Coward Theatre - London, United Kingdom - Monday 25th March 2013

Noel Coward and Gabby Rossdale
Noel Coward, Press and Peter And Alice
Noel Coward and Kathleen Williams
Noel Coward, Press and Peter And Alice
Noel Coward and Robert Michael Sheehan
Noel Coward and Gabby Rossdale

Jeff Beck, Million Dollar Quartet and Noel Coward - Jeff Beck , London, England - at the Million Dollar Quartet - press night held at the Noel Coward Theatre - Departures. Monday 28th February 2011

Jeff Beck, Million Dollar Quartet and Noel Coward
Jeff Beck and Noel Coward
Jeff Beck and Noel Coward
Jeff Beck and Noel Coward
Jeff Beck and Noel Coward
Jeff Beck and Noel Coward

Noel Coward - Suzie Quatro and daughter Laura London, England - Million Dollar Quartet - press night held at the Noel Coward Theatre - Arrivals. Monday 28th February 2011

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Noel Coward
Ronnie Wood and Noel Coward
Tamara Ecclestone and Noel Coward
V V Brown and Noel Coward
Ronnie Wood and Noel Coward

George Lamb and Noel Coward Tuesday 7th September 2010 GQ Man of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals. London, England - 07.09.10 GQ Man of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals. London, England

George Lamb and Noel Coward
George Lamb
George Lamb and Matt Smith
George Lamb and Noel Coward

Our Man In Havana Review


Very Good
Incredibly droll, this Graham Greene-scripted black comedy offers a can't miss premise: In pre-Castro Cuba (though shot shortly after the revolution), Alec Guinness sells vacuum cleaners to support a daughter with expensive tastes. He's soon made an offer he can't refuse: Become a spy for the British government to earn more cash. When he doesn't encounter much in the way of secrets, he makes them up. Soon, one of his made-up contacts somehow turns out to be a real person, with disastrous results. Crammed full of subtle sight gags and bone-dry one-liners, it's an underseen treat.

The Italian Job (1969) Review


Very Good
Only the British and Steven Soderbergh seem to be able to make funny caper movies. The Italian Job -- the original one, that is -- is a quite funny, minor classic of the genre, elevated from midnight movie fare thanks to the presence of a spot-on Michael Caine.

The film's setup is pretty staid: Caine's Charlie Croker is straight outta prison, and he's right back at the crime game the moment he's released. Thanks to guidance from boss Bridger (Noel Coward, appearing primarily in films given to Caine), the job is meticulously planned and staffed: Ultimately the gig is to cause a giant traffic jam in the city of Turin, steal $4 million in gold from an armored car, and escape using clever non-roadway surfaces so the cops can't follow them.

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Brief Encounter (1946) Review


Excellent
Fabulous classic directed by David Lean, with the unforgettable Celia Johnson as a prim and proper British housewife tempted to have an affair with a stranger (Trevor Howard) she met at the train station. Atmospheric and heartbreaking in its romanticism, it's a must-see for fans of love stories. But be warned: It was remade in 1974 as one of the worst films of its era. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

Around The World In Eighty Days (1956) Review


Excellent
I love movies based on bets: Around the World in 80 Days is a three-hour adventure, packed with celebrity cameos (hundreds of 'em, literally), and bearing a remarkably descriptive title. This celebrated picture gives us David Niven as the inimitable Phileas Fogg, an English gentleman who accepts a wager that bets he can't travel around the world in 80 days. Setting off by balloon, ship, and train, Fogg's travels (with manservant Passepartout (Cantinflas)) takes him on a journey that was truly epic for its era. Still, it doesn't look like he's going to make it at first: one hour into the movie, he's still in Spain, at one of the longest and least interesting bullfights put on film. The cast of thousands and absurb scenarios overcomes the overlong oddities in the movie: Producer Michael Todd won the Best Picture Oscar for this, his first feature film, before dying in a plane crash two years later. Too bad so many of the stars appearing in the film are unrecognizable by today's audiences.
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