Noel Coward classic to complete Sheringham Little Theatre summer rep season

Actors from the Sheringham Little Theatre summer rep version of Private Lives. Picture: ANDI SAPEY

Actors from the Sheringham Little Theatre summer rep version of Private Lives. Picture: ANDI SAPEY - Credit: Archant

Drama lovers will enjoy high comedy and lively acting as the final production of this year's Sheringham Little Theatre summer rep takes to the stage next week.

Noel Coward's Private Lives, directed by Peter Craze, opens on Tuesday September 1 and runs until Saturday September 5.

The play draws to a close the theatre's 55th anniversary season, which was programmed to feature five of the best ever plays performed in Sheringham.

To mark the occasion, theatre patron Peter Craze will be returning to direct Private Lives, which stars Mark Oosterveen, Helen Keeley, Maeve Smyth, Luke Francis and Tilda Fassih.

Mr Craze, who is famous for having appeared in BBC science fiction series Blake's 7, as well as three series of Doctor Who, is a former principal of the renowned Drama Studio London.

He has recently directed European Arts Company's The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is currently touring the UK.

He said: 'I am pleased to be returning to Sheringham this year and am very much looking forward to taking on Private Lives, which I have also acted in myself in the past, both here and in America. It is a play that is perfect for summer rep – it is such a sophisticated, witty and completely brilliant piece of comic writing.'

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An overwhelming critical and commercial success when it was first produced in 1930, Private Lives is considered to be one of the best examples of Noel Coward's comedies.

The play focuses on Amanda and Elyot, a married couple, who have divorced and just remarried other partners.

But somehow both newlywed couples end up honeymooning at the same Swiss hotel and Amanda and Elyot realise the flame of their love has never been extinguished.

Debbie Thompson, Sheringham Little Theatre director, said: 'The final play in our summer rep always has to be particularly special and I can't think of anything more appropriate than Noel Coward's Private Lives to end what has been a marvellous anniversary season for us.'

?Private Lives will be performed at 8pm from Tuesday September 1 to Saturday September 5. There will be a matinee at 2.30pm on Thursday September 3. For more information or to book tickets call 01263 822347 or visit

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