Donald Cooper

Theatre: book now for Private Lives (and get £10 off on preview nights)

We mourned the fact that we didn’t make it to Chichester last year to see Jonathan Kent’s production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Word was, it was brilliant: the best production for years and years, with Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens perfectly cast and delivering star-wattage performances full of intelligence and dripping with sex. Reviews across the board were total raves, as you can see here and here. So it’s great news that we can see it early this summer in London, when it transfers to the Gielgud Theatre. As ever with anything on in the West End, seats are pricy. But if you book now you can: a) still choose the less expensive seats before they sell out, and b) get tickets for preview dates (22nd June – 2th July), which are £10 cheaper than the rest of the run. We seldom advise seeing previews – often a new production is still ironing out its final kinks right up until its official opening night – but when a play, like this one, has already had a fabulous run and has sets that aren’t too technically complicated, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s going to be an A-star night whenever you see it. Furthermore, regarding nabbing cheaper tickets, take note of this: 250 top price tickets will be made available for Private Lives each week at just £10 per ticket. 170 tickets per week will be released for general sale in May. The remaining tickets will be day seats, 10 per performance, released at the Gielgud Box Office from 10am on the day of the performance.

Book now for Chichester Festival's Private Lives starring Anna Chancellor & Toby Stephens
Previews: 22 June - 2 July. Full price seats: 3 July - 21 Sept, 2013. Mon - Sat: 7.30pm. Matinnees: every Wed & Sat at 2.30pm
Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6AR
From £10
0844 482 5130
— Daisy
6th February 2013