It's fair to say that the 1983 touring production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives," starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, wasn't a high point in the couple's catalog of professional collaborations. Critics savaged the production, which came to Los Angeles after running briefly on Broadway.
This episode in the Taylor-Burton saga is being resurrected for a new television movie that will star Helena Bonham Carter as the Oscar-winning actress and Dominic West, of "The Wire" and "The Hour" fame, as the oft-nominated Welsh actor.
The BBC production, whose title is expected to be "Burton and Taylor," is being written by William Ivory. The movie is to be directed by Richard Laxton but no air date has been published. The news was announced this week by the BBC.
"Private Lives" opened at the former Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills in October 1983. A review in The Times described the show as "a flat but acceptable pass at Coward's comedy ... it's Liz and Dick crassly spoofing themselves in public. It's part 'Private Lives' and private joke."