Sadie Frost returned to the stage for the first time in over two decades last night (10 February 2009, previews from 4 February), starring in Zoe Lewis’ one-woman play Touched … For the Very First Time at the 100-seat Trafalgar Studios 2 (See News, 21 Nov 2008).

Frost plays Lesley, a 36-year-old Mancunian, is a modern woman who dreams of being best friends with Madonna. She narrates her life from that earth-shattering moment as a plump 14-year-old in 1984, when she hears “Like a Virgin” for the very first time. Convinced that her desire to ‘have it all’ is inextricably linked with Madonna’s own life, the love affair of a lifetime begins. Touched … For the Very First Time is set against a backdrop of pop classics from the 1980s and 1990s.

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Touched … For the Very First Time is produced by Imogen Lloyd Webber, marking the debut of her company ILW Productions. Lloyd Webber presented Frost with some flowers after the show before joining her backstage to pose for pictures with our Whatsonstage.com photographer Dan Wooller.

There was no sign of Madonna herself last night – a clue as to why being found in promotional material, which stated that the play “has not been authorised or approved in any manner by Madonna and she is not responsible for the content of the production”.

Touched … For the Very First Time runs until 14 March 2009.

- by Theo Bosanquet