Lucie Jones will play Elle Woods in Leicester Curve’s new production of Legally Blonde, directed by Nikolai Foster.Jones appeared on The X Factor in 2009 and has taken roles since in American Psychoat the Almeida and in the tour of Ghost. She starred as Cosette in Les Miserables in the West End and Meatloaf in We Will Rock You.

Jones will be joined by Ian Kelsey as Callahan. The actor has starred previously as Billy Flynn in the West End run of Chicago and appeared in TV series Casualty between 1998 and 2002. Danny Mac will play Warner and Jon Robyns will play Emmett.

Foster, artistic director of Curve, said today “We are all delighted to have found such a brilliant leading lady and the perfect Elle Woods in Lucie Jones. Lucie not only brings bags of panache, style and fun to Elle, but also masses of humility and integrity. Alongside Lucie, we are thrilled to welcome a trio of exceptional leading men to Curve – Danny Mac, Ian Kelsey and Jon Robyns.”

Legally Blonde is the musical comedy about sorority sister Elle Woods, who gets herself a place at Harvard Law School in an attempt to prove she’s not just a pretty face and to win her boyfriend back.

Legally Blonde opens at the Curve on April 14 and runs until 14 May.