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Madonna to Make London Theater Debut

Madonna will make her West End debut in May, starring in an Australian comedy called “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 the “Up For Grabs” opening night.

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 top ticket price for the play will be 37.50 pounds, or $53 – well below the top price that her concert engagements can command.

Madonna recently moved to a home in London with her husband, British film director Guy Ritchie.