Matt Lucas Returns to Les Miserables
The Comedian Heads to the West End Show Alongside Alfie Boe
The comedian Matt Lucas, who last year appeared as part of the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena as part of a range of celebrations for the show, will appear in the West End version of the famous musical. He and Alfie Boe have been confirmed as the latest additions to the cast, which last year also included Nick Jonas from the famous American boy band the Jonas Brothers.
Lucas is best known to audiences in the United Kingdom for the long-running sitcom “Little Britain” which he co-wrote and stars in alongside David Walliams. However, his career has seen him take on a range of other roles, including his current show “Come Fly with Me”, plus others like “Shooting Stars”, “Rock Profile”, “Catterick” and “Bang Bang it’s Reeves and Mortimer”. Until he pulled out of the production he was originally cast in the London theatre version of “Prick up Your Ears”, which ran at the Comedy Theatre in 2009, and before that starred in “Taboo” at the venue in 2003.
Meanwhile Alfie Boe, who will take on the lead role of Jean Valjean in the production having also appeared in the O2 Anniversary concert last year, has appeared in productions on both sides of the Atlantic as an acclaimed tenor. His credits include “The Pearl Fishers” for the English National Opera and “Romeo et Juliette” at the Royal Opera House in 2010. State-side he appeared in Baz Lurhmann’s production of “La Boheme” on Broadway – a role that landed him a Tony Award.
Les Miserables has been running at the Queen’s Theatre since 2004, prior to which it ran at the Barbican and the Palace Theatre from 1985 to 2004, and tells the story of many different people in Napoleonic France during a twenty year period. The show stands up alongside the Phantom of the Opera and Blood Brothers as shows to remain in the capital having opened in the 1980s. The lead role is that of Jean Valjean, who is released from prison at the beginning of the show and lands himself in hot water when he is caught stealing silver. Though a local priest, the only one from the local community that would take him in on his release, covers for him it is not enough for Inspector Javert, who will stop at nothing to track him down.
Les Miserables continues at the Queen’s Theatre and is currently booking until Saturday 29th October 2011.