West End's Elaine Page looks young at London Coliseum Chess opening

West End star Elaine Paige turned heads at the opening of the musical Chess in the West End this week, 32 years after starring in the original show written for her by Sir Tim Rice, with music by Abba's Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.

The 70-year-old, who played the lead Florence Vassey in 1986, stole the spotlight on Tuesday when she arrived at the London Coliseum in a dark skirt and jacket, burnt-orange velvet scarf and matching heels, which she teamed with a Chanel clutch.

She was joined by singer pal David Essex, also 70, who did not appear in the original, but starred with her in 1978's Evita.

West End star Elaine Paige turned heads at the opening of the musical Chess in London's West End this week, writes Sebastian Shakespeare 

West End star Elaine Paige turned heads at the opening of the musical Chess in London's West End this week, writes Sebastian Shakespeare 

She was joined by singer pal David Essex (pictured), also 70, who did not appear in the original, but starred with her in 1978's Evita

She was joined by singer pal David Essex (pictured), also 70, who did not appear in the original, but starred with her in 1978's Evita

Wrapped up in a coat and scarf, he looked far more groomed than his younger self, when he sported a thick head of dark glossy hair.

'To say I wasn't comfortable with the adulation is an understatement,' Essex has said of his box office appeal.

'My ears used to ring for about two hours after a concert from all the high-pitched screaming.

'But I never had knickers thrown at me.'

Wrapped up in a coat and scarf, he looked far more groomed than his younger self (pictured in 1975), when he sported a thick head of dark glossy hair

Wrapped up in a coat and scarf, he looked far more groomed than his younger self (pictured in 1975), when he sported a thick head of dark glossy hair

Anna Friel transformed herself into a lady in red yesterday when she appeared at a London Q&A wearing a £700 Suzannah 'Odette' dress.

The 41-year-old star has been nominated for best supporting

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