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Friday, 22 January, 1999, 13:28 GMT
McGregor play opens in West End
Ewan McGregor and his Little Voice co-star Jane Horrocks
Ewan McGregor's play Little Malcolm And His Struggle Against The Eunuchs had its first night in the West End on Thursday.

It is currently one of the hottest theatre tickets in London - selling more than 500,000 worth before it opened to the public.

The play's first night audience included Steve Coogan, fresh from winning a South Bank award, and McGregor's former flatmate the actor Jude Law.

Lord Bragg and Anneka Rice were also in the crowd for the revival of David Halliwell's 1960s play.

Formerly shown at the tiny Hampstead Theatre Club- the seven-week run for the play at the 800-seat Comedy Theatre in the West End means more people will get to see Little Malcolm.

Ewan McGregor, who became famous after appearing in the cult film Trainspotting, believes his name will be a draw for young fans who might not be regular theatregoers. He also said he was keen to return to the stage after concentrating on films for so long.

The actor is set to appear on cinema screens around the world later this year when George Lucas's hotly anticipated Star Wars prequel is released in the spring. He is currently in British cinemas starring in the film Little Voice with Jane Horrocks.

Little Malcolm is a revival of David Halliwell's 1960s play set among penniless Huddersfield art students, and is directed by McGregor's actor uncle Dennis Lawson.

McGregor plays the Malcolm Scrawdyke of the title, alongside Nicolas Tennant, Joe Duttine, Sean Gilder and Lou Gish who have all transferred to the Comedy Theatre in their original roles.

Little Malcolm and his Struggle against the Eunuchs runs from 21 January to 13 March at the Comedy Theatre.

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