EastEnders actor to star in one-man West End show

Former EastEnders' Declan Bennett is bringing his solo theatre show to London's West End this autumn.

Inspired by Bennett's own experiences of growing up gay and Catholic in Coventry, Boy Out The City was previously staged at this year's Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The show will now move to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, where it will play at the end of September as part of A Queer Season in the West End.

Bennett, also known for playing the role of Charlie Cotton on EastEnders between 2014 and 2017, made the announcement on his Instagram page, sharing the excitement with his followers.

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"WEST END HERE WE COME!!" he wrote in the caption.

"I cannot quite believe this is happening. My one-man show @boyoutthecity is coming to @nimaxtheatres the Lyric Shaftesbury Ave for a very very special one-off Queer season of solo shows alongside the incredible @bloodyelle_ by the epic @reddingface !!

"It's the sweetest news I could have asked for and my 14-year-old self is beside himself," he continued, adding: "Truly truly floored this is happening."

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Bennett then thanked his collaborators who helped bring Boy Out The City to life, inviting his fans to go see the show at the end of the month.

"To my director and co creator @nancysulli_x -babe - we did it. To my producers @paul_taylor_mills @lauren.reed.37 you absolute game changers. And @robbiebutlermilroy #maxpappenheim - thank you for helping us build this baby upwards. And to you lot who have been coming to see me up here- THANK YOU!!!! See you in london in September."

Bennett previously told The Stage that Boy Out The City is "my story, told through the eyes of different versions of me at different ages.

"It is totally biographical. I have never written anything this personal before."

Boy Out The City will play at the Lyric Theatre from September 27 through to September 30.

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