Mathew Horne in The Miser at the Garrick Theatre
It was back in May that we first heard the news that Sean Foley would be directing Griff Rhys Jones in Moliere’s The Miser at the Garrick Theatre. Then last month we heard that fellow comedian Lee Mack had been added to the cast, making his West End debut in the process.
Now, with the February start-date looming at the Theatre Royal Bath (preceding its Garrick Theatre opening in March) we get word on another performer joining the cast, this one another alumni from British television comedy.
Mathew Horne, best known for his work in the series Gavin & Stacey (and his comedy partnership with James Corden) will join the cast. Whilst he is known for his screen work he has also carved out a successful stage career and audiences might know him as a West End regular.
The title character of The Miser goes by the name of Harpagon and we soon learn that he is a man defined by his wealth and whose frugal antics cause problems. During the course of the production we will witness the chaotic events that surround his attempts at matchmaking his children to wealthy spouses.
With Griff Rhys Jones in the lead role, Mathew Horne joins the cast alongside other names like the mentioned Lee Mack, plus Ryan Gage, Saikat Ahamed, Andi Osho, Simon Holmes, Katy Wix, Ellie White and Michael Webber.
Horne is best known for the likes of Gavin & Stacey and the series Bad Education as well, though he has also carved out a West End career in shows like Charley’s Aunt at the Menier Chocolate Factory and both Entertaining Mr Sloane and Pride at the Trafalgar Studios. So he provides yet another familiar face for West End audiences when he appears onstage in The Miser.
The Miser, under the direction of Sean Foley (who also directs Ken Stott and Reece Shearsmith in The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2016/17), runs at the Garrick Theatre from Monday 13th March 2017 (previews from Wednesday 1st March 2017) to Saturday 3rd June 2017.