TV and stage actress Natalie Casey is to take over as Paulette in Legally Blonde The Musical, replacing Denise Van Outen.

Natalie Casey (right) and Maria Friedman in The Invisible Man

Natalie Casey (right) and Maria Friedman in The Invisible Man

Comedy actress Natalie Casey, who starred in BBC sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, will join the West End cast of Legally Blonde the Musical at the Savoy Theatre in London from 26 April 2011, playing ditzy beautician Paulette Buonofonté.

She takes over from Denise Van Outen, who joined the show in October and will leave on 23 April, well before her real-life husband Lee Mead joins the cast in mid June to play Emmett Forrest.

Natalie will star alongside a cast that includes Susan McFadden as Elle Woods, Carley Stenson as Margot, Nicola Brazil as Serena, Siobhan Dillon as Vivienne and Peter Davison as Professor Callahan.

Legally Blonde The Musical, which started at the Savoy Theatre in December 2009, recently won an Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Natalie Casey’s last London stage appearance was in The Invisible Man at the Menier Chocolate Factory, and her other theatre credits include Oklahoma for Chichester, Well at the Apollo Theatre, Fame at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Hobson’s Choice at the Watermill Theatre.

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