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Dreamcoat singer takes on Wilde role

PUBLISHED: 16:50 03 February 2010 | UPDATED: 11:27 12 August 2010

NEW ROLE: Lee Mead strolls into The Churchill theatre.

NEW ROLE: Lee Mead strolls into The Churchill theatre.

ANY Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead quietly snuck into The Churchill on Monday ready for a completely different role… with no singing at all.

ANY Dream Will Do winner Lee Mead quietly snuck into The Churchill on Monday ready for a completely different role... with no singing at all.

Following his West End success as the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mead is taking on a more murderous role in the Bill Kenwright's production of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.

The singer, who is three weeks into the UK tour of the Oscar Wilde classic, laughed off suggestion that his appearance in Bromley would cause a furore.

"It was pretty quiet actually so I just wandered into the theatre," he said.

He plays Savile, a pillar of Victorian society on the verge of marrying the lovely Sybil Merton, when he encounters a chilling clairvoyant who reveals that he is destined to commit murder.

To protect his future wife, he resolves to commit the deed before he marries but as he sets about deciding his most convenient prey, chaos ensues.

Despite it not being a musical role, Mead said he enjoyed the challenge of comedy, adding: "Parts of the play are quite serious but there are some cheerful moments.

"But it is down to the audience to decide whether I am funny or not, I guess."

But by May this year, the 28-year-old will be back to musical theatre playing Fiyero in the hit show Wicked at the Apollo Victoria.

And that is not the only new challenge he will be facing, as he and his wife Denise Van Outen are expecting their first child together.

He said: "We know it is a girl and we have some names in mind - but we're keeping them private."

l Don't miss EDWARD

MARTYN'S review of Lord Arthur Savile's Crime in Times Out on page 34

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