St. Augustine and Private Lives, by Noel Coward!

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Whatever is it about the 20s that continues to hold such a fascination to the present day, the trend continues. Private Lives, the witty witty play by a man renowned for his dry wit is being revived by the St. Augustine Theatre. This is the last weekend for the show, check it out!

Here is a copy of the shows literature:

Theatre Saint Augustine proudly presents Noel Coward's Private Lives, a giddy romp through the sunny side of the 30s. The show runs July 10-12, 17-19, 24-26 - Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee at 2 pm. Come see our new space in the Ponce De Leon Mall (2121 US 1 South, St. Augustine) in the Belk wing, next to the Scrub Hut.

Private Lives follows divorcees Amanda and Elyot who meet up accidentally at the same hotel in the south of France, each accompanied by their new spouse. Throwing caution to the wind, they run off together only to find they can't live without -or- with each other. Featuring some of Noel Coward's wittiest dialogue, this champagne cocktail of a show will leave you giddy, laughing and wanting more!

Last seen at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre with Gift of the Magi, Theatre Saint Augustine is North Florida's most exciting new classic theatre company. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Call 904-797-6744 for more information or to buy tickets in advance. Visit our website at

Here is a snippet of what EU's reviewer, Dick Kerekes, had to say:

Susan Graffweg's costumes are lovely and capture the period to a "T". Technical Director David King's sound was right on the mark with music that took us back to the l930s. The playbill even has a small glossary of British terms that may be unfamiliar to you. Words like mucker (dirty old man) or caraway biscuit (a classic British snack).

      If you like intimate theatre, you are going to love going to this theatre. It is like going to a movie with a giant screen because you are so close to the action and can see every wink, raised eyebrow or sly smile up-close and personal.

      If you enjoy good theatre, keep your eye on this group for future productions. They know what they are doing, how to do it and certainly have covered all the bases with this excellent production of one of the true classics of romantic comedy, Private Lives. Don't miss it.

There is a good bit of mention about the newness of the Theater Group and the intimacy of the space.  

Ive been in contact with Anna Meade about this show, and hopefully she will be on to tell us all more about the Theater Group itself.

Noel Coward

Noel is among one of the great luminaries of the 20s and 30s and Private Lives was written in 1930.  For more about the play and its history check out the wikipedia listing here:

For more about Noel himself, wikipedia also has an excellent entry:ėl_Coward

Post by Stephen Dare.