THE world premiere of Monogamy and a UK tour will begin at Malvern Theatres.

Torben Betts’s new play stars Olivier and Evening Standard award-winner Janie Dee as Caroline Mortimer.

And Joining the cast are Charlie Brooks (Eastenders) and Patrick Ryecart (The Crown, Poldark) as Sally and Mike, alongside Jack Archer (Quaint Honour) as Leo, Genevieve Gaunt (The Royals) as Amanda and Jack Sandle (The Tudors) as Graeme.

A spokesman said: “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?”

Torben Betts said of his new play, “I’m delighted that The Original Theatre Company and Ghost Light Theatre Production 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, amongst other things, the conflict between an unhappy middle-aged celebrity and her angry son who feels very much at war with the modern world.

“I have attempted to take the pulse of the nation and, 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.”

The dates for the diary are May 2 to May 5.

Tickets on 01684 892277.