Notts: Former Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia leads cast for Things We Do For Love at Theatre Royal

Natalia Imbruglia stars in Things We Do For Love at Nottingham's Theatre Royal
Natalia Imbruglia stars in Things We Do For Love at Nottingham's Theatre Royal

Former Neighbours star Natalie Imbruglia stars in a new staging of Alan Ayckbourn’s Things We Do For love at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal this month.

Making hilarity and ingenuity from the things we do for love, this is a sharp and insightful drama about love’s trials and tribulations.

In South West London, Nikki and her fiancé Hamish move in with Nikki’s old school-friend Barbara, who lives in immaculate order on the middle floor of her converted house.

Unfortunately Hamish is everything that Barbara despises.

But their mutual, instant distaste for each other is a hostility which hides deeper feelings; feelings that could destroy an engagement and a friendship, creating repercussions for everyone – including the downstairs lodger, lovelorn postman and part-time plumber Gilbert, who has a secret fixation with his landlady.

In an intriguing set - cleverly revealing 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.

Playing the role of Nikki is world famous actress and singer Natalie Imbruglia, who began her career in the globally successful Australian soap-opera Neighbours, where she played Beth Brennan.

She went on to become one of the biggest pop sensations in Europe.

Her smash hit single Torn, and the subsequent album, Left of the Middle, sold seven million copies worldwide and won her three Grammy nominations and two Brit Awards.

She co-starred in the 2003 film Johnny English with Rowan Atkinson and made her leading actress debut in the 2009 film Closed for Winter.

Things We Do For Love marks her UK drama debut.

Joining her in the cast at the Theatre Royal will be award-winning actress Claire Price as Barbara, Edward Bennett as Hamish and Simon Gregor as Gilbert.

Things We Do For Love is at Nottingham Theatre Royal Nottingham from Monday, 28th April to Saturday 3rd May.

Performance are at 7.30pm each evening, plus matinees at 2pm on Wednesday and 2.30pm on Saturday.

Tickets priced £15 to £32.50 are available from the box office on 0115 9895555 or online at www.trch.co.uk