Film star Natasha Richardson took to the stage last night (13MAY03) at the relaunch of famous British theatre THE ALMEIDA.

The MAID IN MANHATTAN star was proudly watched by her husband Liam Neeson as she played the lead role of ELLIDA in THE LADY FROM THE SEA.

The theatre, which closed over a year ago while a $12 million (GBP8 million) revamp took place, played host to stars like Dido, Edward Fox, JOSEPH FIENNES and Simon Le Bon on the opening night.

Richardson said, "It is just so thrilling to be playing this part in the reopening of the Almeida, one of the world's most exciting theatres. I really do appreciate that this is an important moment.

"Liam is being complimentary about my performance - but honest too, which is a wonderful combination."

14/05/2003 17:14