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Friends star makes West End debut
David Schwimmer
Schwimmer says he feels "incredibly lucky" to be acting in London
Former Friends star David Schwimmer has made his West End debut in the modern morality play Some Girls.

Schwimmer, 38, takes the lead in Neil LaBute's comedy opposite Saffron Burrows and comedienne Catherine Tate.

The production, which also stars Lesley Manville and Sara Powell, is being staged at London's Gielgud Theatre.

"To be knocked about by these four extraordinarily strong, sexy and funny women, that trumps any fantasy I had as a boy," said Schwimmer.

"Not only do I have the opportunity to work on a new play by Neil LaBute, but I get to be on the London stage, a dream of mine since the age of 12."

Some Girls is described as a "wickedly funny expose of the modern male and his take on life, love and the 'c' word - commitment".

Courtroom revival

It follows Schwimmer's character, a teacher who is about to get married, as he pays flying visits to four ex-girlfriends in different cities across the US - with unexpected results.

One scene sees him stripped down to his underpants and a T-shirt on stage.

Schwimmer is one of several Hollywood stars treading the boards in London this summer.

Brooke Shields is currently appearing in the musical Chicago, while Kevin Spacey is at London's Old Vic in The Philadelphia Story.

Ewan McGregor is also in town in a new production of classic musical Guys and Dolls, while former West Wing actor Rob Lowe is to headline a revival of courtroom drama A Few Good Men in August.

And Some Girls opens on the same night that The Postman Always Rings Twice - starring Top Gun actor Val Kilmer in the role Jack Nicholson played on screen - begins previews at the Playhouse Theatre on London's Embankment.

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