Matthew Warchus’ starry revival of David Hirson’s Moliere-inspired 1991 comedy La Bete opened last night at the West End's Comedy Theatre (7 July 2010, previews from 26 June).

Starring Joanna Lumley, David Hyde Pierce and West End man-of-the-moment Mark Rylance, it continues for a limited season to 4 September 2010 prior to an immediate Broadway transfer.

An eclectic range of guests including Laura Bell Bundy, Neil Pearson, Greg Dyke, Jessica Hynes and Sian Phillips joined the cast at Cafe de Paris to celebrate (along with the Spanish football fans) long into the night.

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