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Monday, 9 October, 2000, 13:03 GMT 14:03 UK
Daryl makes stage splash
Daryl Hannah and co-star Rolf Saxon
Stage fright: Daryl Hannah and co-star Rolf Saxon
Daryl Hannah will be hoping to keep her first night nerves under control when she gives her debut performance on the West End stage on Monday.

The Hollywood actress stars in The Seven Year Itch, which opens to the public at the Queen's Theatre, after a week of previews.

Daryl Hannah
Hypnotic: The actress has used TV hypnotist Paul McKenna to conquer nerves
She has been using TV hypnotist Paul McKenna to help her conquer her pronounced stage fright.

The 39-year-old is the latest in a procession of Hollywood actresses, among them Nicole Kidman and Kathleen Turner, to perform on the London stage.

Unlike Kidman and Turner, who both disrobed on stage - in turn, helping ticket sales soar - Hannah has said she has no intention of stripping off for the role.

The actress, best known for her roles in Splash and Wall Street, has not performed on the stage before because of her stage fright.

Her film career has waned of late and in recent years she was better known for her relationships with the late John Kennedy Jr and singer Jackson Browne.

But she was persuaded to take on the role made famous by Marilyn Monroe by British film-maker Mike Radford with whom she recently worked with on the film Dancing At The Blue Iguana.

The production is also the stage directorial debut for Radford.

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