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Natalie Imbruglia to make UK stage acting debut

Natalie Imbruglia

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NATALIE Imbruglia will make her UK stage acting debut next year in Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For Love.

Directed by Laurence Boswell, the production opens at the Theatre Royal Bath, where it runs from April 16 to April 26, 2014, ahead of a UK tour, details of which have yet to be announced.

This classic Ayckbourn love triangle is set in South West London, where Barbara, elegant and glacial, lives on the middle floor of her converted house. Downstairs, lovelorn postman and part-time plumber Gilbert has created a shrine to his landlady. Upstairs, the empty flat is a perfect bolthole for Nikki (Imbruglia), Barbara’s old school-friend, and her fiancé Hamish.

Unfortunately Hamish is everything that Barbara despises and Hamish takes an instant dislike to Barbara – a hostility which hides deeper feelings.

In a set that reveals a limited view of the rooms above and below Barbara’s flat, bedroom farce develops into something more complex as the two adversaries fall head over heels in lust…

Actress and singer Natalie Imbruglia began her career playing Beth Brennan in Neighbours before going on to become one of the biggest pop sensations in Europe. She co-starred in the 2003 film Johnny English with Rowan Atkinson.

Laurence Boswell’s West End credits include directing Madonna in her London stage debut Up For Grabs, Eddie Izzard in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal in This Is Our Youth.

Alan Ayckbourn’s other plays include Relatively Speaking, Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests, Absent Friends and Season’s Greetings.

It has been suggested that Things We Do For Love will transfer to London following its UK tour.