Noel Coward’s play Private Lives opens at Nottingham Playhouse

HUSBAND and wife acting team Janie Dee and Rupert Wickham will star in a new production of Noël Coward’s Private Lives which opens at Nottingham Playhouse this month.

Set in the 1930s, this witty comedy of manners tells the story of two honeymooning couples who are sharing adjacent rooms. The only problem is that two of the newlyweds, Elyot and Amanda were married before - to each other.

When they meet again, they throw themselves into a love affair without a care for the scandalous consequences.

Running off together to a Parisian apartment, Elyot and Amanda’s stormy relationship comes to a head when their respective spouses walk in.

Acclaimed actress Janie Dee has many stage credits and has performed everything from modern comedy to Shakespeare and contemporary drama to musicals and opera.

Rupert Wickham is also a well respected actor with around 23 Shakespeare productions under his belt, as well as a string of other theatre television and film credits.

The play is directed by Nottingham Playhouse’s artistic director Giles Croft and also stars Victoria Yeates, Marcus Hutton and Debra Stewart. It is designed by Dawn Allsopp and the lighting designer is Alexandra Stafford.

The show runs from 7th until 22nd October. It starts at 7.45pm and there will also be matinee performances. Tickets are priced between £7.50 and £26.50. For details contact the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or visit