Janie Dee is to star in Torben Betts’s new comedy Monogamy, which will tour briefly before moving into London’s Park Theatre next June.
Caroline Mortimer, the nation’s favourite TV cook, has it all: a sparkling career, a big house in Highgate, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy.
But beneath the immaculate furnishings and studio lighting and away from the glare of the ever-present cameras, Caroline must face the looming collision of living a private life in the public eye.
What happens when the cameras turn off and the truth comes out?
Janie Dee is currently starring in the National Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
Her other West End credits include Carousel (National Theatre), Mack & Mabel (Criterion Theatre), My One and Only (Piccadilly Theatre), Noises Off (The Old Vic), Blithe Spirit (Gielgud Theatre) and Calendar Girls (Noël Coward theatre).
Torben Betts said of his new play: “I’m delighted that The Original Theatre Company and Ghost Light Theatre Productions are producing my new play after they did such a fine job with their two touring productions of Invincible.
“I’m also very much looking forward to working with Janie Dee again after she starred in my adaptation of The Seagull at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre a few years ago.
“There are elements of that play in Monogamy, in that it’s about, among other things, the conflict between an unhappy middle-aged celebrity and her angry son who feels very much at war with the modern world.
“As with Invincible I have attempted to take the pulse of the nation.
“Though I don’t offer a cure for the self-evident sickness, I hope I have come up with a play which will make people laugh as much as it might prompt them to ask themselves some uncomfortable questions about the way we are living our lives right now.”
Monogamy will be directed by Original Theatre’s Alastair Whatley.
May 2 – 5, Festival Theatre, Malvern
May 8 – 12, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
May 22 – 26, Theatre Royal, York
June 6 – July 7, Park Theatre, London.
More venues to be announced