Privates on Parade

Noel Coward Theatre |  West End  | December, 2012

A play by Peter Nichols, with music by Denis King

Directed by Michael Grandage

Starring Simon Russell Beale

Private Steven Flowers is posted to the Song and Dance Unit in South East Asia where serving under the flamboyant Captain Terri Dennis he discovers it takes more than just a uniform to become a man. (Read more at

"This is, no contest, the funniest play in London, with perhaps the best cast. Of course nobody's noticing the rest because Simon Russell Beale is so bloody wonderful."

- Playbill

"Michael Grandage could hardly have made a better start to his five-show West End season than with this joyous revival of Peter Nichols's 1977 play with music. With songs by Denis King, it is much more than a star vehicle for Simon Russell Beale: it offers a heady mix of personal memoir, musical parody and jaundiced account of postwar colonial politics."

- The Guardian

"Grandage’s outstanding production is also blessed with an irresistible star performance from Simon Russell Beale...Gloriously entertaining and often deeply touching, this is a terrific start to what promises to be a thrilling West End residency for M Grandage and Co."

- The Telegraph