Matt Lucas has been forced to pull out of a stint in the West End production of Les Misérables after sustaining a back injury.
Lucas himself had stepped in to replace Gerard Carey as Monsieur Thénardier, who had to temporarily withdraw from the production due to vocal injury.
Lucas joined the cast on December 23, however Ian Hughes will now take over the role from January 10 until the end of February, when Carey is expected to return slightly later than originally planned.
Hughes plays Thénardier in the touring production of Les Misérables and will be replaced by Cameron Blakely for the show’s upcoming dates in Zurich.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “To lose one master of the house is unfortunate and two perhaps careless. I am delighted to be bringing Ian Hughes to the wonderful London company to partner Josefina Gabrielle in order that Les Misérables can officially open at the Sondheim Theatre next week as planned. I’m sure it will be third time lucky.”
Les Misérables’ press night in the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre will go ahead as planned on January 16.
When Carey was originally forced to pull out of the show in December, company member Mark Pearce stepped in to play the role with just two hours of rehearsal.
It is understood that Pearce has played the Thénardier several times again since then due to Lucas’ injury.