Design For Living

Noel Coward’s 1933 comedy about an unconventional relationship was written with the intention of providing himself with a starring role.

But there’s nothing suave about Andrew Scott’s interpretation of playwright Leo, who forms one point of an irresponsible triangle of inextricably attracted and moneyed bohemians.

It’s an attention-grabbing performance that yields dividends. So does Lisa Dillon’s portrayal of insecure interior decorator Gilda, who loves Leo and painter Otto as much as they love her and, controversially, each other.

Neatly constructed and performed with relish, this is a disrespectfully witty (if long) treat, with the bonus of Angus Wright’s older, loyal art dealer and Maggie McCarthy’s housekeeper voicing their disapproval to no avail.



» Old Vic, The Cut, SE1 8NB 
0844 871 7628
Tube: Waterloo
Until Nov 27
From £10

Review: Louise Kingsley