Veteran actress Kathleen Turner is teaching Tai Chi backstage at her West End play to help the show's crew relax.

The Romancing the Stone star is currently appearing in Bakersfield Mist at the Duchess Theatre in the British capital, and she has been sharing tips on the ancient martial art with the show's company so they don't feel stressed out before shows.

She tells Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper, "I practise Tai Chi to calm my own (nerves)... I'm teaching them all (crew) as it pulls the company together."

However, Turner admits her co-star, Star Wars actor Ian MCDiarmid, is not participating in her Tai Chi sessions.

She adds, "I can't get Ian MCDiarmid to do it. He's too set in his ways."