(Henry Hitchings's article appeared in the Evening Standard, 3/4. The above audio of a selection from 'Private Lives' stars Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.)

Kim Cattrall dazzles in a tour de nuclear force of bickering in Private Lives


Noël Coward’s comedy calls for a mixture of turbulence and dry urbanity, and Richard Eyre’s finely calibrated production of Private Lives exhibits just the right blend of these qualities.
In the key roles, Kim Cattrall and Matthew Macfadyen have what might blithely be termed chemistry — though in fact it’s closer to particle physics, all energetic collisions and strong nuclear force.


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