Thursday, February 10

Matt Lucas to play Thenardier in Les Miserables

It seems that the rumours which have been circulating in the West End are true and that Little Britain’s Matt Lucas will join the cast the Les Miserables playing the innkeeper Thenardier at the Queen’s Theatre when the cast change takes place in June and Martin Ball is due to leave the show.

Lucas has become firm friends with Alfie Boe since they met while appearing in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena recording a duet of The Impossible Dream on Boe's new album, and  Boe lodging with Lucas while he was moving his family over from America.

Alfie Boe joins the show playing Jean Valjean at the end of June (date still to be confirmed) so it could well be that Lucas will join at that time.  Boe is with the show for six months until 3rd December, but the Lucas rumours mention a contract of either three or six months.  Lucas recently said that his perfect day would be "watching Arsenal in the afternoon and a performance of Les Mis in the evening" so it looks as though his wish has been granted.

In any case, it looks as though he will  be appearing in the West End from July-September this year.


Anonymous said...

when is matt starting in les mis!?

Theatre Spy said...

Suspect it will tie in with Alfie Boe's take over. Current cast change is due on 20th June but theatre is dark for a couple of days after that because orchestra is being extended and the pit needs to be enlarged and some front row seats removed to accommodate the extra members.

Alfie is due to announce his opening date any day now (which will definitely be some time at the end of June) and am pretty sure Matt's dates will also be released then. Will post here as soon as I have them.

Also Alfie is only performing 6 shows a week and I don't yet know how many Matt will do so if you're thinking of booking tickets watch this space.

Unknown said...

Matt Lucas will be a riot in this part!

Theatre Spy said...

I agree. Have heard good things from the rehearsal room this week that the new cast are working really well together and Mr Lucas is certainly helping! Also saw him on on Paul O'Grady last night and he seems really excited and enthusiastic about playing the part.

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