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Matt Lucas quits play after Kevin McGee's suicide.

Summary: Little Britain star Matt Lucas will not return to his stage role in Prick Up Your Ears following the death of his ex-partner.

Little Britain star Matt Lucas will not return to his stage role following the death of his ex-partner.

He temporarily left the West End production Prick Up Your Ears following the suicide of Kevin McGee last week.

But producers now say he won't be coming back and he will be replaced by stage and film star Con O'Neill.

McGee was found dead at his Edinburgh flat last week after posting a message on his Facebook page which read: "Kevin McGee thinks death is much better than life."

The couple married in a civil ceremony in December 2006 but the relationship ended last year and the union officially dissolved in January 2009.

Lucas pulled out of the play following news of the death. It looked at the relationship between his character - Keith Halliwell - and his lover, playwright Joe Orton.

The production finishes as Halliwell murders Orton and then prepares to take his own life.

In a statement, producers of the play said today: "Given the sad news that Matt Lucas has recently received, and the role he was playing, it is understandable that he could not return to play Halliwell at this time and our thoughts are with him."

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