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Emma Thompson and Emilia Clarke

Emma Thompson, Emilia Clarke and more to star in virtual Private Lives

Sanjeev Bhaskar and Robert Lindsay complete the cast of the virtual table read of the Noël Coward play.

Suzy Evans
Suzy Evans

Lockdown Theatre, in association with The Royal Theatrical Fund, announced its next installment with Noël Coward's Private Lives, starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, Emilia Clarke, Robert Lindsay, and Emma Thompson in the virtual table read of the classic. Directed by Jonathan Church, the play will be read over Zoom on 13 September at 7pm and will be followed by a live talkback hosted by Paul Jackson. 

The virtual reading of Private Lives follows the success of Lockdown Theatre's Waiting for Godot, starring Robert Lindsay and Michael Palin and also directed by Church, in June.

Thompson and Lindsay star as Amanda and Elyot Chase, a divorced couple who have recently remarried only to discover that they are honeymooning at the same hotel in the south of France. Elyot is married to the young, perky Sybil, played by Clarke, who is thrilled to assume the role of the dutiful wife. Amanda has wed the traditionally minded Victor, played by Bhaskar, who wants to take care of her, even though Amanda has never been provided for in this way. 

Tickets to the stream are £35 and all proceeds will fund a crisis grant to support those in the theatrical community struggling during the Covid-19 theatrical shutdown. Tickets are available at

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