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Tommy Steele returns to West End

Tommy Steele as Ebeneezer Scrooge
Image caption Steele has frequently reprised the role since 2003

Veteran star Tommy Steele is returning to the London stage to play the title role in Scrooge: The Musical.

The 75-year-old, best known for his stage turns in musicals such as Half A Sixpence and Singin' in the Rain, was last on the West End stage in 2005.

The show, based on Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol, runs from 24 October at the London Palladium.

Steele has been the Palladium's top-billed star more often than any other artist in the theatre's 102 years.

He first starred as Scrooge in Bill Kenwright's musical makeover in 2003. The production most recently toured in 2011, finishing its run in January this year.

Directed by Bob Tomson, the 2012 Christmas show will feature illusions by magician Paul Kieve.

Steele has spent more than 55 years in the entertainment industry, including roles in Hollywood films Half A Sixpence and Finian's Rainbow - with Fred Astaire.

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