Julian Clary will be replacing James Dreyfus to play the role of Emcee in The Lyric Theatre’s production of Cabaret.

The comedian, TV presenter, actor and novelist is joining the cast of the hit musical from 2 October.

He is returning to the West End after a successful run as Leigh Bowery in Boy George’s musical Taboo in 2002.

Directed by Rufus Norris, the production celebrates its first year on 10 October. Julian is one of several cast changes.

Amy Nuttall (Sally Bowles), Angela Richards (Fraulein Schneider) and Barry James (Herr Schultz) are also joining the Cabaret cast.

Julian started his stand-up career as The Joan Collins Fanclub in the 1980s.

Mainstream appearances on television programmes such as Friday Night Live secured his career as a popular TV comic and presenter.

His 2006 autobiographical work A Young Man’s Passage was well-received, and his first fiction novel, Murder Most Fab, was released in August.