Madonna Makes London Stage Debut

Devoted fans of Madonna waited in the rain outside Wyndham's Theatre last night (May 13) to cheer on the 43-year-old performer in her first London stage performance. Seats for "Up for Grabs" had sold

Devoted fans of Madonna waited in the rain outside Wyndham's Theatre last night (May 13) to cheer on the 43-year-old performer in her first London stage performance. Seats for "Up for Grabs" had sold out within 10 days of going on sale, and many people lined up in hopes of getting returned tickets.

Yesterday's preview performance was Madonna's first appearance in a play since 1988, when she appeared in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" on Broadway. Security was tight and the press was not allowed in the theater. The play officially opens May 23.

Madonna left the theater by the front entrance shortly after the performance and was driven away in a waiting car. There were screams from the crowd as she scrambled to climb in, and the road outside was blocked by photographers and camera crews.

At least one audience member said that Madonna appeared nervous early then greatly improved as the play progressed. "I thought she was a lot better than expected, she was excellent," said Victoria Bateman, 32.

Fellow American stars Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow are also performing on London stages in "This Is Your Youth" and "Proof," respectively.


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