The play revolves around a divorced couple and their new partners, resulting in a comedic spectacle that occasionally teeters on the edge of farce. Nigel Havers embodies the character of Elyot, exuding suavity and sophistication while occasionally succumbing to boyish outbursts. Patricia Hodge, in her role as Amanda, portrays an alluring and outspoken character, demonstrating a dominant assertive side, especially notable for the time in which the play is set.
The director, Christopher Luscombe, has paid meticulous attention to detail in this production. Countless small yet delightful and comedic moments fill the performance, enhancing the overall experience. For instance, there's a charming scene where Amanda spots Elyot, uses a pocket mirror to double-check it is him, then exits, only to return dramatically. Another highlight is when Amanda and Elyot, as a couple, watch their new partners, portrayed by Natalie Walter and Dugald Bruce-Lockhart, engage in an argument. In perfect unison, they cross their legs, sink into their chairs, and observe the dispute unfold like spectators at an awkward tennis match. These nonverbal, unscripted moments add immeasurable joy to the production, showcasing the actors' mastery of their roles.