West End star Scott Paige on bringing Dr Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical

West End star Scott Paige can’t wait to bring the characters of Dr Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical.

The 28-year-old is playing Horton the Elephant in a new production of the show at London’s Southwark Playhouse this festive season – and he’s delighted to have landed his first leading role.

After graduating from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts four years ago, he’s gone on to appear in some big shows with some household names, including starring alongside Gemma Arterton in Made in Dagenham, Jason Manford in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Samantha Womack in the musical version of The Addams Family.

Now, he can’t wait to star in Christmassy show Seussical.

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West End star Scott Paige on bringing Dr Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical

Scott, left, with some of his Seussical co-stars
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It’s based mainly on the plot of Horton Hears a Who, but also stars characters like the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Jojo.

During an exclusive chat with Mirror Online, Scott said: "I always associate – because of the Grinch – it’s so Christmassy, with the Whos and everything, so for me it’s wonderful because I’m a massive Christmas geek.

"I’m in my absolute element. It really is the perfect time for it."

He added: "It’s amazing if you’re a Dr Seuss fan and you’ve grown up reading these books because you get to see all the characters come to life on stage, which is incredible."

West End star Scott Paige on bringing Dr Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical

Scott plays Horton the Elephant

West End star Scott Paige on bringing Dr Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical

He’s the star of the show

On his role as Horton, he added: "I’m always playing the large, funny parts where I sort of come on and do a song then go off again, but this is my first lead role, which is absolutely amazing.

"For me to be, not the romantic lead, but to get the girl at the end, I’ve never done that before so it’s so exciting that I get to do that."

Scott said his dream role is to play Pumba in the Lion King, and that if he could choose any celebrity to work alongside, it would be Dawn French .

He said: "I’m a huge, huge fan of Dawn French, ever since being a teenager and watching The Vicar of Dibley, and she was the reason I got into acting, sort of seeing this larger than life person have her own sitcom and she was a huge star with French and Saunders as well, I was absolutely obsessed with her from being a kid so if I ever got a part opposite her, I think I’d fangirl, I wouldn’t be able to cope."

He added: "Even working with Sam Womack in Addams Family was amazing, she played Morticia. I’m a huge EastEnders fan so when Ronnie Mitchell walked in I was like, ‘Oh my god it’s Ronnie, she’s literally just died in a swimming pool and now she’s here playing Morticia Addams’. It was amazing.

West End star Scott Paige on bringing Dr Seuss to life in Seussical the Musical

Scott in Eugenius!
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"It’s weird when you’re a fan of someone then you get cast in a show with them.

"It’s true though, they’re just people and doing exactly the same as you and they’re just in the same position and they want to do well. They might come up to you and say, ‘How was that? Was that okay?’ and you’re like, ‘Are you joking? You’re a celebrity’, but they’re just actors and they’re human and think about it the same as anyone else.

"It was funny because Sam FaceTimed me a couple of weeks ago and my mum and dad were like, ‘Oh my god is that Sam Womack?’ They couldn’t believe it. She’s such a good friend now."

* Seussical the Musical runs at London’s Southwark Playhouse from November 22 to December 29. Click here to book tickets.

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