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Ronan Keating to make debut in the West End

Ronan Keating is making his West End debut playing a busker in hit musical Once. The show, based on the film of the same name, is a love story between an Irish singer and Czech woman who meet on the streets of Dublin.

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Keating joins the cast on November 17 and says he was "truly bowled over" when he first saw the show.

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The music and storyline are so incredibly moving and combined with John Tiffany's direction, I believe it's a modern-day masterpiece. It's unlike anything else I've ever seen.

When I was asked about playing the lead male (who is a busker in Dublin) I was completely overwhelmed because I knew it would be perfect - this was my home town, my people, and the place where I began my own music career.

But as exciting as that is, it's scary too. I've never performed in the West End and this is a huge challenge and commitment. I'm really looking forward to returning to London later this year and completely sinking my teeth into the role. I think there's going to be lots to learn and lots to gain from this experience and I just want to be the absolute best that I can be.

– Ronan Keating

The West End production, which opened in April 2013 and won two Olivier awards this year, is at the Phoenix Theatre in Charing Cross Road.