International superstar Madonna will make her U.K. theater debut in May in London's West End, starring in an Australian comedy titled "Up for Grabs." She'll lead a cast of seven in the British premier

International superstar Madonna will make her U.K. theater debut in May in London's West End, starring in an Australian comedy titled "Up for Grabs." She'll lead a cast of seven in the British premiere of David Williamson's play, a satire on the art world that first was staged in Sydney in February 2001.

Previews start May 9 at Wyndham's Theater, with May 23 set as the opening night of "Up for Grabs." The top ticket price for the play will be £37.50 ($53), well below the top price that Madonna's concert engagements can command.

The director is Laurence Boswell, who's rehearsing for the London premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Hayden Christensen, and Oscar-winner Anna Paquin.

Madonna, 43, hasn't acted on stage since her sellout 1988 run on Broadway in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow," though she'd often been discussed since then for theater engagements that never happened. The singer/actress recently moved to a home in London with her husband, British film director Guy Ritchie.

As previously reported, Madonna will perform a song for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled James Bond film, which is now in production. She will return to the big screen in the upcoming film "Love, Sex, Drugs & Money," which will be directed by Ritchie and also star Jennifer Aniston, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Bruce Greenwood.


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