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Rupert Everett set to return to West End

Rupert Everett.
Rupert Everett. Credit: Nial Carson, PA

Rupert Everett will return to the West End next year, when "The Judas Kiss" transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre on St Martin's Lane. It's currently showing at the Hampstead Theatre.

Everett stars as Oscar Wilde in the production, which examine's the writer's relationship with his lover.

The actor, who has appeared in films like "My Best Friends Wedding" and "Shakespeare in Love" first appeared on the West End stage in the 1980s.

Michelle Ryan: working in the theatre makes you fit

Former Eastenders actress Michelle Ryan has been talking to London Tonight about the challenges of taking on her first lead role in the West End.

She's playing the part of Sally Bowles in the musical Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre and says she's finding it much more physically demanding than her work in film or television.

She said: "You really have to take care of yourself, I'm covered in bruises, literally covered. You're like an athlete in some ways....I've never been in better shape physically."

Watch Michelle's full interview with Piers Hopkirk below.

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Ryan delighted to be making West End debut

Michelle Ryan performing as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
Michelle Ryan performing as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Credit: Handout picture.

Michelle Ryan has told London Tonight how excited she is to be making her West End debut at the Savoy Theatre.

The Enfield-born actress, who first appeared on TV screens as Zoe Slater in Eastenders, is taking on the lead role in the musical Cabaret - a part made famous by Liza Minnelli in the 1972 film.

She said it was amazing to be treading the boards in London, after a four week tour around the rest of the country:

"Being out of town, everyone was so kind, but it made me realise how much I love London and it does feel like something special," she said.

"I used to go and watch all of the musicals and I appeared in a couple of gala performances when I was 14 at the Palladium and Her Majesty's Theatre, but to be opening at the Savoy in London - which is my home town - that's really amazing."

The West End hits Hyde Park

The stars of London's West End will be entertaining families in Hyde Park this weekend in a special two-day event.

The Jubilee Family Festival is expected to attract up to 50,000 theatre-fans on Saturday and Sunday, with performances from Billy Elliot the Musical, The Lion King and War Horse.

The event will also feature motorcycle stunts, parachutists, marching bands and traditional games such as tug-of-war and welly-throwing.

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