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Design For Living

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About the Show Less...

Noël Coward’s provocative and unconventional romantic comedy following three egotistical and self-absorbed characters. Read More >

Design For Living is Noël Coward’s provocative and unconventional romantic comedy following three egotistical and self-absorbed characters – Gilda, Otto and Lea – who challenge the moral boundaries of relationships.

Written in 1932, Design For Living was originally staged on Broadway in 1933, receiving its first London production in 1939. Its last production in the capital came in 1994, when Sean Mathias directed a Donmar Warehouse production starring Rachel Weisz, Paul Rhys and Clive Owen.

The Old Vic production of Design For Living stars Lisa Dillon, Tom Burke and Andrew Scott.

A regular on the London stage in recent years, Dillon’s credits include When The Rain Stops Falling, Under The Blue Sky, The Hour We Knew Nothing Of Each Other and Coward’s Present Laughter.

Burke’s last London outing came in Creditors at the Donmar Warehouse, which transferred to New York, while Scott is a regular at the Royal Court, where he has appeared in A Girl In A Car With A Man, Dying City and, most recently, Cock.

Design For Living is directed by Anthony Page.

For more about Design For Living at the Old Vic read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 03/09/2010

Opening Night: 15/09/2010

Closing Night: 27/11/2010

Running time: 2h45

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Cast & Creative


Lisa Dillon, Tom Burke, Andrew Scott


Director - Anthony Page

Producer - Old Vic in a co-production with Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer

Designer - Lez Brotherston

Lighting Designer - David Hersey

Sound - Paul Groothius

Author - Noël Coward

About The Old Vic

The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8NB

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