Julie Andrews to sing againJulie Andrews to grace London stage again

Updated: 2009-11-28 17:16
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Julie Andrews to sing againJulie Andrews to grace London stage again

Veteran of the stage and screen Julie Andrews is set to return to the London stage for a one off show in May.

It will mark the first London performance in 30 years for the 74 year old performer. Best known for her performances in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, the Surrey-born star will perform a selection of some of the most popular musical numbers of the last 50 years and will be joined by five other performers.

The Independent reports that the Oscar winner will also narrate Simeon's Gift, a best-selling children's book she wrote with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton.

While dame Andrew's voice was damaged following an operation to remove non-cancerous nodules on her vocal chords 12 years ago, the star has managed to regain some of the vocal prowess that made her famous.

Her manager told The Times newspaper: "Julie cannot sing as she once did.

"Fortunately she has subsequently been able to regain some of the notes she was once well known for. The show will be a beautifully woven blend of her singing along with her guest stars."

The show, An Evening With Julie Andrews, will feature music from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and takes place at the O2 Arena in London on May 8, 2010.

According to The Independent, Dame Andrews said of the event: "To perform once again in my homeland on the London stage will be a wonderful moment - it is where it all began for me, and I am so excited to be able to share a brand new work with audiences,"