An inconvenient lust

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Sibyl and Elyot Chase (Anna-Louise Plowman and Toby Stephens) look out on Deauville, where they are honeymooning, in Noel Coward’s "Private Lives."

‘Private Lives’ gets big-screen showing

The big screen isn’t just for movies and the Metropolitan Opera. NCM Fathom Events and partners CinemaLive and Digital Theatre screen the second play in the West End series: Private Lives, a comedy by Noel Coward.

The screening is a filmed version of the critically acclaimed staging of the popular English comedy at the Chichester Festival Theatre in London’s West End.

Private Lives is a 1930s comedy in three acts. Elyot Chase (Toby Stephens) and Amanda Prynne (Anne Chancellor) are a pair of rich, reckless divorces who find their earlier love inconveniently reignited while both honeymoon with their new spouses. The pair takes advantage of their adjoining suites in a French hotel to indulge in their rekindled passion. All they have to do is keep their doings from their new spouses.

Stephens and Chancellor are joined by Anthony Calf as Victor Prynne, Anna-Louise Plowman as Sibyl Chase and Sue Kelvin as Louise.

Following a sell-out run at Chichester, the revival production blazed across the West End stage at the Gielgud Theatre, where it played a limited season from June to September.

The screening includes behind-the-scenes footage from the production. The play screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s Cinemark 14, 2825 Wind River Lane. Rated PG-13, 140 minutes. For tickets, visit

— Staff report

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