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Matt Lucas: ‘Broadway theatre better than West End’

Chris New (Joe Orton) and Matt Lucas (Kenneth Halliwell) in Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre. Photo: Tristam Kenton

Performer Matt Lucas has criticised West End musicals and plays as “overly simplistic” and “pretentious”.

He said that Broadway was currently better than London in terms of its theatre offering.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “London is full of overly-simplistic story-less musicals and overly-complicated baffling pretentious plays at the moment. Broadway is winning.”

Lucas has previously appeared in a special staging of the musical Les Miserables, to mark its 25th anniversary. In 2009 he also starred in Prick Up Your Ears.

His comments drew a mixed reaction on the social media site.

Gypsy star Lara Pulver replied:

Leeds Grand duty manager Gilly Langley said:

Mountview student Maximillian Murphy agreed with him and said:

Twitter user Artemis responded: