British comedian and actor Chris Addison makes his Royal Opera debut in comic French opera L’Étoile

Chris Addison is to star in The Royal Opera’s new production of the fabulously frothy French opera L’Étoile.

Addison’s role, an acting part newly created by Director Mariame Clément provides a stereotypically-English commentary on the opera’s absurdist events. French actor Jean-Luc Vincent will join Addison in a second acting role created by Clément to comment on the action from a French perspective.

Chris commented: “I am stupidly excited to be appearing at Covent Garden in L’Étoile, a production which combines two of my great loves: insanely beautiful opera and deep, joyful silliness. I had assumed that Mariame Clément and Sir Mark Elder had cast me on the basis of my “certainly unique and borderline terrifying” (The Wiltshire Times) interpretation of The Queen of The Night at the 2003 Chippenham’s Got Talent quarter-final, but both claim not to be aware of it. Whatever, it’s a pleasure and a privilege to be getting to share a stage with such a talented cast. Not least as I now don’t have to buy a ticket.”

Addison is a double Perrier Award-nominated stand-up however he audiences may know him best as Ollie Reeder in the BBC’s dark political satire The Thick of It, and as Toby Wright in the subsequent film In the Loop. Addison also regularly appears on panel shows such as Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI.  His other acting credits include performances in Doctor Who, the comedy series Trying Again and as headmaster David Blood in Skins.

L’Etoile is an anarchically comic fairytale with a ridiculous plot and darkly humorous twists and turns.

L’Etoile runs 1–24 February 2016 at the Royal Opera House

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