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Des O'Connor to make West End musical debut at 79

Des O'Connor
Image caption O'Connor was made a CBE in 2008

Veteran entertainer Des O'Connor is to make his West End musical debut at the age of 79 in Dreamboats and Petticoats.

O'Connor has appeared more than 1,000 times at the London Palladium but has never starred in a West End musical.

O'Connor will play two roles - the older Bobby and Phil, Bobby's Dad - for a limited period at the Playhouse Theatre from 3 October.

Dreamboats and Petticoats is based on the music of the best-selling rock'n'roll album of the same name.

The musical tells the story of young musicians Norman and Bobby, who compete to win a national songwriting competition.

The roles O'Connor will take on are currently being played by Roger Martin.

O'Connor made his first TV appearance in 1963 and has made more than 30 albums.

He follows in the footsteps of other stars making their West End debuts late in life.

Last year, Tony Christie made his debut aged 67, cast in the same roles O'Connor will play.

And Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn, 78, made her London stage debut earlier this year in The Children's Hour, opposite Keira Knightley.

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