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Kidman’s West End return dedicated to late father

Nicole Kidman has spoken about her excitement over returning to live theatre in future West End, London production, Photograph 51.

The 47-year-old Australian actress lost her dad Antony David Kidman in 2014 after he suffered from a heart attack.

And now Nicole will be returning to London’s West End after a 17-year absence to portray Britain’s pioneer DNA researcher Rosalind Franklin in a play entitled Photography 51, which is written by American playwright Anna Ziegler.

“My dad was a biochemist and he knew all about Rosalind Franklin. When I told him I was thinking about doing it, he was very excited. Then my dad passed away last September. I went: ‘All right, I need to do this for my father’,” Nicole told the Daily Mail newspaper, noting other factors also inspired her to take on the project.

“It’s written by a woman, and it’s about a woman that a lot of women don’t know about. And I need to do it because I’ve got to get back on stage, into that uncomfortable place of going, ‘I’m terrified!’”

The last time Nicole performed in the West End was in 1998, as she starred in The Blue Room at the Donmar Warehouse, being paid £400 per week for the gig.

This time around the Academy Award-winning actress will be bringing her musician husband Keith Urban, their two young daughters Faith, four, and Sunday, six, and her mother Janelle along.

“A lot of decisions will be made around my daughters and their schooling,” Nicole said of her London plans after she arrives in the city.

“They’re all coming for when I start rehearsals in August. We won’t be taking over the town. I’ll be lying low and, hopefully, getting lost in the character.”

Photography 51 will be showing at the Noel Coward Theatre for an 11-week run and tickets for 20,000 seats at the venue will be sold at just £10 each.

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