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X-Factor star heads to the West End

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X Factor winner Matt Cardle has announced he's heading to London's West End, where he'll join the cast of Memphis: The Musical.

Cardle will be taking over from Killian Donnelly to play radio DJ "Huey Calhoun" from 6th July.

He joins a stellar cast that also boasts singer Beverley Knight in the role of Felicia Farrell.

He said: "From the first time I saw the show I felt I had a real connection with the character of Huey. It's no secret that I worked for many years before my breakthrough as a musician.

"I started my first band when I was 12 years old and spent at least 15 years recording albums and sending demos to record companies before finally having my voice heard."


UK's first cinema to re-open on Regent Street

The former cinema as a lecture hall at the University of Westminster Credit: ITV London

The Regent Street Cinema is open to the public once more following a £6m refurbishment.

It was first used for film screenings in 1896 when the Lumiere brothers chose it to showcase their film projector, the cinematograph.

It will screen Howard Hawks' 1939 classic 'Only Angels Have Wings', starring Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth.

The venue, dubbed 'the birthplace of British cinema', is the only cinema in the UK that can show 16mm, 35mm, Super 8 and 4K digital formats.

The cinema was also the first in the UK to screen an X-rated film in 1951. It closed in 1980 to become a lecture hall.

Shane Richie denies reports he is leaving EastEnders

EastEnders star Shane Richie has denied reports that he is leaving the soap.

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The actor was said to have hinted that fans should be prepared to wave goodbye to his alter-ego Alfie Moon in Albert Square. His comments came after the BBC announced that Kat and Alfie will be leaving Walford temporarily, to star in their own spin-off series. Their characters visit Ireland to put their rocky past behind them in the six-part drama.

But Richie has now tweeted:


Sam Smith cancels the rest of his Australian tour

Singer Sam Smith has cancelled the rest of his Australian tour after doctors discovered a haemorrhage on his vocal cords.

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The Grammy award-winning star said he had been "vocally exhausted". Smith performed in Sydney's Hordern Pavilion last night and was due to take to the stage in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in late April and early May.

Smith wrote on his Instagram page:

I am deeply, deeply saddened to tell my Australian fans, I have to cancel my Australian tour.

I have been vocally exhausted for a while now, however last night in Sydney I had a small haemorrhage on my vocal cords. The doctors have told me I need to fully rest until my vocal cords have healed, otherwise this could become a huge, long-term issue.

– Sam Smith, singer

Transport museum opens Acton Depot to the public

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The London Transport Museum is opening its Acton Depot to visitors this weekend for two days of events and the chance to see more than 320,000 exhibits.

Visitors can take part in a guided bus pit tour, watch live demonstrations of how the emergency response team deals with incidents on the transport system, listen to a talk about secret tunnels and disused stations on the Underground and watch rare films from the Museum's archives.

Alan Rickman marries high school sweetheart

Alan Rickman with wife Rima Horton Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Harry Potter star Alan Rickman has revealed he has married his high school sweetheart after 50 years together.

The 69-year-old actor and director has been in a relationship with Rima Horton, 68, since they met when he was 19 and she was 18. The couple have lived together in London for 50 years.

Asked what the secret of his successful relationship was, though they were not married, Alan told German newspaper Bild : "We are married, just recently. It was great because no one was there. After the wedding in New York, we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch."

The A Little Chaos star apparently also revealed he gave his new wife a simple $200 (£130) gold band that "she never wears".

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