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Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love starring Natalie Imbruglia comes to Bromley's Churchill Theatre

PUBLISHED: 11:58 17 April 2014 | UPDATED: 17:23 17 April 2014

L-R Natalie Imbruglia, Edward Bennett, Claire Price and Simon Gregor  Photo credit: Nobby Clark

L-R Natalie Imbruglia, Edward Bennett, Claire Price and Simon Gregor Photo credit: Nobby Clark

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Natalie Imbruglia is making her UK drama debut in this summer's new staging of Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, set to come to Bromley's Churchill Theatre in June.

The former pop singer stars alongside Claire Price, Edward Bennett and Simon Gregor in the revival of one of the most popular plays of the 90s.

The play opened last week in Bath.

The sharp, insightful drama about love’s trials and tribulations sees the UK’s greatest living playwright at the peak of his art.

The story - set in south-west London - details the lives of Nikki, played by Imbruglia, and her fiancé Hamish who both move in with Nikki’s old school friend Barbara.

The initial distaste between Hamish (Edward Bennett) and his fiancée’s old school friend, played by Price, hides far deeper feelings, though.

Despite Imbruglia being in the formative stages of her theatrical career (she co-starred in 2003 film Johnny English with Rowan Atkinson), she says she has been helped by director Laurence Boswell.

“I’m definitely the rookie in this company,” says Imbruglia, who sold six million records worldwide with album Left of the Middle. “I can’t say enough great things about Laurence.

“He’s been brilliant. He’s been incredibly thorough.

“His ability to break down a text and give you so much food for thought to take home is such a blessing.

“He is a fantastic and generous director.”

On her role paying “optimist and dreamer” Nikki, she says: “Nikki always sees the best in people.

“There are parts of me that have Nikki’s sensibility. It’s always useful to relate a character back to yourself.

“This play is all about love and the mad places it takes you in your life.”

Things We Do For Love at Churchill Theatre Bromley, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1HA from June 9 to 14. Tickets cost between £10 and £28.50, to book call 08448717620.

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