Ticketmaster Groups recently caught up with Robert Lindsay ahead of his much anticipated return to the stage in the new adaptation of comedy smash hit Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Q: Congratulations on your return to the West End, what was it about this show that brought you back, and how does it feel?
A: It’s a musical and it’s time for a fantastic musical in the West End. It’s great to be working on a Broadway show that we have already prepared for the British audience’s great sense of humour.
Q: You’re starring in the stage remake of the 1988 classic Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, are you a fan of the original and what can our readers expect?
A: I’ve deliberately never watched the movie - this is a musical version of the film - so consequently a completely different project which I can make my own.
Q: You’re an incredibly diverse actor, working on television, film and stage. Which do you prefer most and why?
A: Stage is my passion, screen is my living.
Q: Having played so many different roles, what attracted you to the part of Lawrence Jameson?
A: This is the ultimate actors’ role - he’s a chameleon, conning people with his impersonations.
Q: You have performed in both the West End and on Broadway, how do the audiences compare?
A: The show has a great universal appeal for both audiences as a classic comedy, the British audience will love it!
Q: Which bit of the show are you most looking forward to and why?
A: Singing and dancing! I’ve missed it.
Q: What has it been like coming up against Rufus Hound who plays arch rival Freddy Benson in the show?
A: Rufus and I have been getting on famously in rehearsals - we are very different performers which is exactly right for Lawrence and Freddie.
Q: And finally, what do you think it is that makes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels the perfect night out for groups?
A: Without a doubt, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is a family show, there’s something for everyone. My sons have read the script and fell about laughing. My wife is looking forward to seeing the dance routines. I’ve seen the sets which are very glamorous. The whole evening will be a great night out!