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Barrymore set for London stage
Michael Barrymore
Barrymore has been performing in New Zealand
Troubled TV star Michael Barrymore is to make his UK comeback on London's West End stage.

Barrymore, 51, has been out of the limelight in the UK since the inquest into the death of Stuart Lubbock, who was discovered in the swimming pool of the star's home in 2001.

An open verdict was recorded at the inquest, but ITV subsequently dropped Barrymore, previously one of its most popular performers, from its schedules.

Barrymore's one-man West End stage show will run for seven weeks at the Wyndham's Theatre.

It will begin with a four-week stint from 15 September. Barrymore will perform for a further three weeks from 20 October.

Barrymore said: "I am delighted to be returning to my roots and my first love of live theatre and am very much looking forward to performing to a West End audience."

A spokeswoman for the production said it would be "physical" and "lively", reminscent of the TV shows that brought Barrymore huge fame.

Barrymore's return to showbusiness in the UK follows a successful run in New Zealand as a stand-up comedian.

Audience appeal

Barrymore was once one of the UK's best-loved entertainers. His fans loved his unpredictable, madcap behaviour and his effortless interaction with his audience.

Michael Barrymore
Barrymore was one of UK TV's most successful entertainers

His hit shows included The Michael Barrymore Show, Strike it Rich and Kids Say the Funniest Things.

He hit headlines when he revealed in 1995 that he was gay, despite being married at the time.

Drink and drug accusations began soon after as Barrymore made a number of public appearances looking drunk.

The death of Stuart Lubbock following a party at his home did nothing to repair his reputation.

But he has repeatedly insisted he had no part to play in the death of the 31-year-old Essex man and that he co-operated fully at the inquest.




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