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Private Lives

Private Lives

“Utterly sublime and a total treat to immerse yourself in.


“Joanna Carrick’s witty miniaturized production does Noel Coward’s sparkiest comedy full justice”


“A laugh-out-loud, riotously funny
production… Go and see this refreshing
interpretation, you will not be disappointed.

Grapevine Live

Photography by Bill Jackson

“Hilarious. Brilliantly performed and highly recommended

Ipswich 24

“A must-see if ever I saw one!

BBC Radio Suffolk

“Rapier sharp dialogue executed with style by the cast, who were clearly having as much fun as the audience.

Wayne Savage Writes

Special Events

Saturday Night Pizza

Each Saturday evening from 6.30pm during the run we will be serving delicious artisan pizzas before the show. Made to order, booking in advance is advised.


Margherita (Victor): £8.50 – tomatoes, mozzarella & basil

Mediterranean (Sibyl): £9 – tomatoes, mozzarella, basil & black olives

Funghi (Elyot): £9.50 – tomatoes, cheese, basil & mushrooms

Anchovy (Amanda): £10 – tomatoes, cheese, basil, anchovies and black olives


Directed by Joanna Carrick

Here come the fireworks! And the martini cocktails! 

It’s Noël Coward’s best loved and multi-award winning comedy – new and re-imagined! Private Lives follows the escapades of former lovers Amanda and Elyot as they suddenly reunite…while on their honeymoons to other people! But is it new love or true love? And can they really live with(out) each other? Featuring popular songs of the era, prepare to see sparks fly in Joanna Carrick’s interpretation of this wickedly funny Spring time comedy.

Our love-struck stars of Much Ado About Nothing – Fizz Waller and Ricky Oakley – reunite this March! Joined by multi-talented newcomer to Red Rose Chain Harriet Leitch alongside Red Rose Chain favourite Ryan Penny (The Elves & The Shoemaker, As You Like It, Treasure Island).

Also introducing Rei Mordue from our youth theatre as Louise the Housemaid.


Date and time

At The Avenue Theatre, Ipswich.
Tues – Sun
Evenings: 7:30pm, Saturday matinees 3pm, Sundays 1pm & 4:30pm

Duration: 120 mins including a 15 minute interval

Full Price – £22
Over 65s – £17.50
Concession* – £10
*Concession tickets are for full-time students, people in receipt of benefits or pension credits, people with disabilities

We have free dementia-friendly performance & tea party tickets, please give our box office a call for more information and to talk through your visit: 01473 603388.


Fizz Waller

Ricky Oakley

Harriet Leitch

Ryan Penny

Also introducing Rei Mordue from our youth theatre as Louise the Housemaid


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