Glee star Matthew Morrison wants to make his West End debut — to play a dark character as far from his role as schoolteacher Mr Schue as possible.

The 34-year-old made a name for himself on Broadway before joining the cast of Glee, the smash hit US series, in 2009, as the head of the school’s singing club. Now he has revealed he is in talks about performing on the London stage.

Morrison, whose credits include Hairspray, Footloose and The Rocky Horror Show, told the Standard: “You don’t have to tempt me much, I’m getting close. I love it over here, I would love to live over here for a little while and do a show.

“I am talking to some people about the possibility of doing  one. So we’ll see.  I want to do something that’s going to shake up my image.  I want to do something dark.”

The actor was speaking as he visited Highbury Grove School in Islington, where he gave a presentation to pupils encouraging them to get into the arts.

He said bullying was an issue faced by performing arts students — but because he played American football, he was able to stand up to the bullies. He added: “It was weird because I was in the arts and theatre and stuff but I was also very athletic and into that. I was a big ally for my friends that were getting bullied.

“I felt that people need someone to stand up for them sometimes, and that was kind of my job.”

Morrison has just released his second album, Where It All Began, a collection of Broadway classics. He will play a concert at  Bush Hall in Shepherd’s Bush tomorrow.


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