'Cabaret' star Eddie Redmayne sang karaoke version to his grandmother in care home

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Eddie Redmayne attends HBO's
Eddie Redmayne brought the West End to his grandmother. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Eddie Redmayne's grandmother might not have been able to get to his hit West End show Cabaret, but the star wasn't about to let her miss out - so he performed a "karaoke" version at her care home.

The Fantastic Beasts star, 39, said that his 99-year-old grandmother couldn't make it to the West End, so he brought the theatre to her instead.

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However, his kind gesture didn't work out exactly as planned, as he said that his grandmother nodded off during the performance which even included Redmayne singing co-star Jessie Buckley's lines.

EDITORIAL USE ONLY Eddie Redmayne during the filming for the Graham Norton Show at BBC Studioworks 6 Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. Picture date: Thursday October 21, 2021.
Eddie Redmayne told Graham Norton his performance put his grandmother to sleep. (PA)

Redmayne told The Graham Norton Show: "She is nearly 100 and not able to come and see the show, so I went to her care home with the karaoke version of the musical and performed the whole thing for her – even Jessie's parts.

"She definitely dropped off – she said she was closing her eyes because she was enjoying it so much!"

He stars as the Emcee in the classic theatre hit, which he says will offer something different to what audiences might be used to seeing from Cabaret and promises will be an "immersive" experience for audiences.

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Jessie Buckley stars with Redmayne in 'Cabaret'. (Wiktor Szymanowicz/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Redmayne told Norton: "It's properly immersive for the audience, you really feel like you are in the Kit Kat Club in Berlin."

Also appearing on The Graham Norton Show was Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabuse, who joked about her pro dancer sister Oti having won the previous two series of the contest.

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She said: "Yes, I planned it all! It is funny that people think I have power of that, but not yet!"

Mabuse said of working with her sister, who is partnering Ugo Monye this year and won the last two series with Bill Bailey and Kelvin Fletcher: "I actually don't look at her, I focus on the celebrity so I don't feel bad, but after the show I might say to her, 'Not bad' or 'Well done!'"

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