Following on from the virtual reading of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot in June, Lockdown Theatre announce a virtual reading of Private Lives by Noël Coward.

Taking place on Sunday 13th September at 7pm, with permission from the Noël Coward Foundation, the table read will take place via Zoom, followed by a live Q&A with the cast and director chaired by Paul Jackson.

The live reading will see Jonathan Church directing Sanjeev Bhaskar (Victor), Emilia Clarke (Sybil), Robert Lindsay (Elyot) and Emma Thompson (Amanda). Tickets cost £35, with all the funds raised from the performance will be used as a crisis grant to support those who are struggling financially in the theatre industry during these unprecedented times.

Amanda and Elyot Chase, after a tempestuous marriage have just married again to completely different partners; Elyot to the delightful, young Sybil and Amanda to the upright Victor Prynne. Elyot and Sybil arrive for the first night of their honeymoon at an hotel on the south coast of France, the Cote D’Azur. Sibyl loves being married. She is as much in love with the idea of being a bride as she is with her husband, Elyot, perhaps more so and tells him that she knows how to handle a husband, how to make him happy. Elyot fears that she means she knows how to “manage” a husband. Unknown to the Chases, Amanda is honeymooning at the same hotel with her new husband, Victor Prynne. Victor has much the same ideas about marriage as does Sibyl. He intends to take care of Amanda. The fact that Amanda never asked to be taken care of is unimportant. Victor will teach her to be a suitable wife…

The live reading announced by Lockdown Theatre is taking place in association with the Royal Theatrical Fund which provides support to all those that have worked professionally in the entertainment industry, such as onstage, backstage, front of house staff and includes commercial musical theatre dancers, comedians, cabaret artistes, directors, producers.

Private Lives the live table reading will take place on the 13th September at 7pm. Tickets are available to buy here.