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Coward gets the cube treatment

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

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WOCA Best Theatre award nominees cube theatre will be performing Noel Coward's glittering 1930s masterpiece Private Lives at the Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, from Monday.

Divorced couple Amanda and Elyot fatefully meet once again on the hotel balcony while on honeymoon with their new partners. The ensuing complications are a delightful parody of human relationships, flashing with Noel Coward's dark humour and oozing with 1930s glamour and sophistication.

cube's artistic director Benjamin Symes said: "The play feels surprisingly modern despite its 1930s setting. Perhaps this is due to the play's universal themes, or Coward was simply ahead of his time. Either way, each character has the gift of Coward's sparkling wit – and the outrageous plot and savage comedy promise an entertaining evening under the stars."

This production reunites Benjamin Symes and Rebecca Hulbert as Elyot and Amanda; they were last seen at the Minack as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in cube's dynamic ensemble version of the Scottish play.

They are joined by Ben Oldfield and Nix Wood, also no strangers to the Minack. Ben Oldfield has performed there with Miracle Theatre and as the lead in The Music Man. They are directed in the production by Kyla Goodey (Trifle Gathering, Miracle Theatre, Kneehigh).

Private Lives will be running from June 2 to 6, with performances every evening at 8pm, and on Tuesday and Thursday at 2pm. Tickets are available from www.minack.com or from the box office on 01736 810181 / 810471.

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