Back in October, here at Vada we previewed and attended the premiere production of Digital Theatre and CinemaLive, Maria Friedman’s acclaimed version of Merrily We Roll Along.
Well, we hope you took our word for it in advance because we loved it. As a theatre fan but often prohibited by price and/or location – and a theatre-at-the-cinema virgin – I gave it a try. The experience was hugely enjoyable with the intimacy still in tact, the digital shots clear and crisp, the various camera angles allowing the viewer to observe with clear direction, and the production itself of this Sondheim favourite was excellent.
Next up in this West End theatre series is Noel Coward’s Private Lives, which will again play not only in the UK but in cinemas all around the world on February 6th 2014. Additional dates will be available at selected venues.
Private Lives is the story of a man and woman – formerly husband and wife – who happen to reconvene whilst on separate Honeymoons with new lovers. With no care for the past, present or future, they descend into another whirlwind romance filled with passion and chaotic results.
For more information on participating locations, please visit www.cinemalive.com/index.php?p=view&id=81. Both Anna Chancellor and Toby Stephens have been highly praised for their performances, as has the production itself with five-star reviews aplenty.
The 1930 play has seen the likes of Coward himself, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Alan Rickman, Elizabeth Taylor and Maggie Smith take on the various roles, with John Gielgud once directing a version, and so the popularity of the piece throughout the ages is undisputed.
The trailer below allows a brief insight into the comedy, madness and playful atmosphere on show. But be warned, tickets are selling fast, so if you want to get involved then be sure to do it soon. And let us know what you think… (#PrivateLives on Twitter).
We’ll be publishing our views on Private Lives in February shortly after the screenings.