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Casting announced for Private Lives at the Mill at Sonning

Casting news

CASTING has been announced for a ‘sparkling’ new production of Noël Coward’s comedy Private Lives. Directed by Tam Williams, it runs at the Mill at Sonning for seven weeks – from Thursday, June 20 to Saturday, August 3, 2019.

The line up includes Tom Berkeley (Buddy Holly in the 30th anniversary tour of Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story); Darrell Brockis (Dr Watson in The Hound of the Baskervilles and Charles Condomine in Blithe Spirit, both at the Mill at Sonning); Celia Cruwys-Finnigan (The Secret Garden, Barn Theatre, Cirencester and Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story); Lydea Perkins (Margaret/Lucy Steele in Sense & Sensibility and Dierdre in Bold Girls, both at Theatre by the Lake); and Eva-Jane Willis (Rachel in The Rubenstein Kiss at Southwark Playhouse).

Tam Williams returns to the Mill at Sonning after previously directing Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit there in 2016 and also Dead of Night and The Hound of the Baskervilles. Set designer is Michael Holt and casting director is Kate Plantin CDG.

1930, Deauville, France. After a tumultuous and fiery marriage, divorced couple Elyot and Amanda find themselves in adjacent suites while honeymooning with their new partners – Sybil and Victor. The view from their adjoining balconies is shimmering sea and moonlight. So romantic! And when Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing Some Day I’ll Find You, old passions reignite and the estranged lovers run away together to Paris to flirt and fight before being tracked down by their jilted spouses – with explosive and hilarious consequences!

Since its opening at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930, Private Lives has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences worldwide.

Set majestically on the banks of the River Thames, the Mill at Sonning Theatre is celebrating more than 30 years of entertainment. Uniquely, as the only dinner theatre in the United Kingdom, it has gained unrivalled praise both nationally and internationally. All tickets include a delicious two-course meal in the restaurant before the show.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0118 969 8000 or visit

The Mill at Sonning Theatre, Sonning Eye, Reading, RG4 6TY