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Barbra Streisand adds extra London date

Barbra Streisand

Story by Jack Foley

TICKETS for Barbra Streisand’s first UK gig in 13 years sold out in just 20 minutes earlier this week – but a new date has been added.

The actress and singer announced the first of two London dates at The O2 Arena – formerly the Millennium Dome – on July 18, with tickets costing between £100 and £500.

But owing to demand, she has added a second date on July 22.

The high cost of the ticket prices was criticised by some fans who could not afford them but within minutes of selling out, some were being re-sold at up to £3,550 a pair on auction websites.

In justifying the prices, however, Streisand’s publicist said her concerts were on a par with those of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

Designated proceeds from the tour will also support her various philanthropic initiatives and will be distributed through The Streisand Foundation.

The 65-year-old performer claims to have finally overcome the stage fright which had kept her from performing for 27 years following US tour dates last year.

She insists she would have performed much more over the years if she hadn’t suffered from the fright but claimed to have suffered from palpitations that made her uncomfortable.

However, the London dates promise to be spectacular and will include a 58-piece orchestra to accompany a string of hits including The Way We Were.

Streisand is currently the best-selling female artist of all time, with 50 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums to her credit. Her career includes two Oscars, four Emmys, 10 Golden Globes and eight Grammy awards.

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