Matt Lucas has temporarily joined the cast of Les Misérables at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre in London.
The Little Britain star will play the role of Thénardier for six weeks, temporarily replacing Gerard Carey, who is taking a leave of absence to rest his vocal chords and avoid long-term damage to his voice. Carey is expected to return to the production February 3, 2020.
Lucas previously played Thénardier in Les Misérables—The Staged Concert at London’s Gielgud which just completed its run in November.
In a statement producer Cameron Mackintosh said, “Just as I was thanking the gods of the theatre for getting the spectacularly rebuilt Sondheim Theatre open on schedule with our brilliant new cast and production, we heard that our irrepressible Thénardier, Gerard Carey, would not be allowed to perform for several weeks due to a serious problem with his vocal chords. Though obviously a disappointment for him and all of us, I’m thrilled to announce that Matt Lucas has volunteered to abandon his Christmas plans and rejoin Les Miz as Master of the House after his recent triumph in the staged concert at the Gielgud Theatre.”
Lucas’ other theatre credits include Taboo at the Leicester Square Theatre and the touring production of Little Britain Live.
The new production of Les Misérables is led by Jon Robyns (Hamilton) as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden (Wicked) as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher (Heathers) as Fantine, Shan Ako as Eponine, Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier, Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras, and Lily Kerhoas as Cosette.
Fletcher, Jaden, Ako, and Kerhoas performed these roles alongside Lucas in Les Misérables—The Staged Concert at London’s Gielgud Theatre.
Les Misérables is currently booking until 17 October 2020 at the Sondheim Theatre, London.
Les Misérables Tickets are available now.