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Olivier & Monroe Get Intimate in New Play???

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A new play based on a meeting between famous spouses Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe and Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh is receiving a rehearsed reading in the West End next month. Written by Bob Ellis and Denny Lawrence (best known for their TV work), Intimate Strangers is set at the Oliviers' country estate, one week into the shooting of The Prince and the Showgirl (which starred Olivier and Monroe).

According to a press release: “Miller and Olivier bond, wondering if a neurotic, abused, promiscuous, unstable and ego-tripping actress is worth the trouble. They all drink, dance and go to bed damaged. In the middle of the night, Arthur is ready to leave. Next morning, Noel Coward arrives.” The reading will be performed by a cast featuring Bruno Langley, Susie Lindeman, Issy van Randwyck, Mark Tandy and James Wilby at the Vaudeville Theatre on 8 June.


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