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Richard Attenborough's grandson to make West End debut

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Feb 04, 2014 | 7:11am EST

Lord Richard Attenborough's grandson is set to follow his family into the theatre when he makes his West End debut later this year (14). Will Attenborough will star in an updated version of Julian Mitchell's play Another Country at the Trafalgar Studios in March (14). He will play student Tommy Judd in the production, which is set in a 1930s English boarding school rocked by scandal. The original 1981 run starred then-unknowns Rupert Everett and Sir Kenneth Branagh, with Daniel Day-Lewis and Colin Firth later joining the show, and Attenborough hopes the play can help boost his profile in the same way. The 22 year old tells the London Evening Standard newspaper, "They are phenomenal parts for young people, which maybe had something to do with giving those guys a really great push." Attenborough's Oscar-winning grandfather began his career on the stage before finding fame in Hollywood, while his father, Michael, is the former artistic director of London's famed Almeida Theatre. His grandmother Sheila Sim was also an actress.

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