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Eddie Redmayne treated his grandma to a performance of new West End show Cabaret in her care home

Eddie Redmayne has revealed he performed his new West End show Cabaret in a care home, during Friday’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

The actor, 39, treated his grandma to a production of the upcoming musical in the facility, as she wasn’t able to visit the Playhouse Theatre in London.

He explained: ‘She is nearly 100 and not able to come and see the show, so I went to her care home with the karaoke version of the musical and performed the whole thing for her – even Jessie’s [Buckley] parts.’

Adorable: Eddie Redmayne has revealed he performed his new West End show Cabaret in a care home, during Friday’s appearance on The Graham Norton Show

He said of his grandmother, who hasn’t been pictured: ‘She definitely dropped off – she said she was closing her eyes because she was enjoying it so much!’

Eddie – who has enjoyed success on stage and on the big screen – has admitted to having lots of fun with the new production.

Asked how the musical differs from the film and the previous stage production, he said: ‘They are both beautiful and extraordinary, but Jessie and I love the musical so decided to investigate it in a different way.

Throwback: In the original Broadway production and 1972 film adaptation Emcee was played by Joel Grey, now 89, who was married to Jo Wilder from 1958 to 1982 (pictured with Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles)

Throwback: In the original Broadway production and 1972 film adaptation Emcee was played by Joel Grey, now 89, who was married to Jo Wilder from 1958 to 1982 (pictured with Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles)

Heartwarming: The actor, 39, treated his grandma to a production of the upcoming musical in the facility, as she wasn't able to visit the Playhouse Theatre in London

Hilarious: 'She definitely dropped off – she said she was closing her eyes because she was enjoying it so much!'

Heartwarming: The actor, 39, treated his grandma to a production of the upcoming musical in the facility, as she wasn’t able to visit the Playhouse Theatre in London

‘It’s properly immersive for the audience, you really feel like you are in the Kit Kat Club in Berlin.’

Jessie quipped, ‘It’s been so fun, and the company is amazing, the director is amazing, and Eddie is alright!’

Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse also graced the couch with her presence, and made sure to put rumours to rest about her sister Oti’s success, who is a professional dancer on the show.

Joker: Jessie quipped, 'It's been so fun, and the company is amazing, the director is amazing, and Eddie is alright!'

Joker: Jessie quipped, ‘It’s been so fun, and the company is amazing, the director is amazing, and Eddie is alright!’

When asked about her sister Oti winning two out of the three shows she has judged, she joked, ‘Yes, I planned it all! It is funny that people think I have power of that, but not yet!

‘I actually don’t look at her, I focus on the celebrity so I don’t feel bad, but after the show I might say to her, ‘Not bad’ or ‘Well done!’

Stephen Merchant teased his new BBC series The Outlaws, while taking time to praise his co-star Christopher Walken.

Happy: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse also graced the couch with her presence, and made sure to put rumours to rest about her sister Oti's success, who is a professional dancer on the show

Happy: Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse also graced the couch with her presence, and made sure to put rumours to rest about her sister Oti’s success, who is a professional dancer on the show

Exciting: Stephen Merchant teased his new BBC series The Outlaws, while taking time to praise his co-star Christopher Walken

Exciting: Stephen Merchant teased his new BBC series The Outlaws, while taking time to praise his co-star Christopher Walken

He said, ‘I never thought for a moment growing up in Bristol that one day I would be making TV and would be sitting with the Oscar-winning star of The Deer Hunter. It was one of those incredibly surreal experiences.’ 

Meanwhile, Ian McKellen surprised fans as he debuted a bald head during the star-studded episode of the chat show. 

Regarding his new play, The Cherry Orchard, he said, ‘I play a very old man so shaved off my hair – eat your heart out Patrick Stewart!’   

New look: Meanwhile, Ian McKellen surprised fans as he debuted a bald head during the star-studded episode of the chat show

New look: Meanwhile, Ian McKellen surprised fans as he debuted a bald head during the star-studded episode of the chat show

In a pre-recorded segment, Elton John and Charlie Puth performed After All from the Rocketman hitmaker’s new album The Lockdown Sessions.

When asked if he had been intending to produce an album during the lockdown, Elton said, ‘No, not at all – I was going to do nothing!

‘Charlie asked me to do it and then when I was back in England other people wanted to do songs and it just grew and grew until I had a germ of an album.’ 

Talented: In a pre-recorded segment, Elton John (left) and Charlie Puth (right) performed After All from the Rocketman hitmaker's new album The Lockdown Sessions

Talented: In a pre-recorded segment, Elton John (left) and Charlie Puth (right) performed After All from the Rocketman hitmaker’s new album The Lockdown Sessions

Oscar winner Eddie previously revealed that the revival of the Kander and Ebb classic is different from the original.

He said: ‘The only point in us doing it would be if we could do something different from those other productions, something new.’

Emcee is a flamboyant figure in the production who acts as a ‘master of ceremonies’ and has been described as the ‘personification of sexual freedom’.

Masterpiece: The show will be designed by Tom Scutt, choreographed by Julia Cheng and directed by Rebecca Frecknall

Masterpiece: The show will be designed by Tom Scutt, choreographed by Julia Cheng and directed by Rebecca Frecknall

In the original Broadway production and 1972 film adaptation Emcee was played by Joel Grey, now 89, who was married to Jo Wilder from 1958 to 1982.

Then in 1993, Alan Cumming radically reinterpreted the role of the role of Emcee. He married the artist Grant Shaffer in 2012.

The actor first performed the role at 19 in a student production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and Eddie revealed he is nervous to return to London theatre after a 10 year break.

The show will be designed by Tom Scutt, choreographed by Julia Cheng and directed by Rebecca Frecknall.

The show – which charts the friendship between Sally, an American performer at the riotous Kit Kat, and a shy Brit, Brian – is set against the rise of the Nazis in 1930s Berlin and unflinchingly depicts antisemitism and persecution.

Frecknall said it was an important musical and that its revival comes ‘at a time when its themes and atmosphere feel so contemporary and resonant’.

Candid: The actor first performed the role at 19 in a student production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - and Eddie revealed he is nervous to return to London theatre after a 10 year break (pictured in 2019)

Candid: The actor first performed the role at 19 in a student production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – and Eddie revealed he is nervous to return to London theatre after a 10 year break (pictured in 2019)


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