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Sir Bruce Forsyth to make live stage return

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Image caption By the 1960s Sir Bruce was Britain's highest-paid entertainer

Sir Bruce Forsyth is to return to the London stage next year for the first time in more than a decade, to celebrate 70 years in showbusiness.

The 83-year-old Strictly Come Dancing host will perform for one night only at the Royal Albert Hall on 3 May 2012.

"I can't believe it's been such a long time since I last did what I love best - working to a live theatre audience," Sir Bruce said.

The show, Bruce Forsyth - Bruce Live, will be a mixture of comedy and music.

An orchestra will accompany the veteran entertainer as he performs a selection of swing tunes from his critically acclaimed album, These Are My Favourites.

Sir Bruce said: "Television is great, but for me as a performer nothing compares to a live theatre show."

The star, who began his career on the music hall circuit as a teenager, was Britain's highest-paid entertainer by the 1960s, earning £1,000 a week.

However, he arguably remains best known for fronting gameshows such as The Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right.

He currently co-hosts BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing - now in its ninth year - with Tess Daly.

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