‘Little Britain’ Star Matt Lucas Joins West End’s ‘Les Miserables’

Matt Lucas

Matt Lucas might be best known for his side-splitting characters on BBC comedies like Little Britain and Come Fly with Me, but the 36-year-old English comedian’s talents reach far, far beyond television.

Last October, Lucas portrayed Thénardier in a one-off performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of Les Misérables at O2 Arena in London. Now, he’s set to reprise his part in a three-month run at the Queen’s Theatre beginning June 23, BBC News reports. He’ll once again play opposite English tenor Alfie Boe.

The 2010 BBC2 documentary, Les Mis at 25: Matt Lucas Dreams the Dream, provided a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning production as well as a glimpse at Lucas’ preparations. In December, he explained to BBC News that, since he was young, musicals have provided a safe environment where he could feel comfortable being himself.

“It just felt like a safer world to me than the one I was in because I was six-years-old and my hair fell out,” he said. “For me it was a real refuge, the world of musicals, long before I knew I was gay. Because there is this correlation between being gay and loving musicals, I’m not quite sure why, but maybe that was my coming out.”

Check out Lucas’ performance at the Les Misérables 25th anniversary concert around the 1:45 mark:

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