Little Britain star Matt Lucas admits he’s feeling nervous about his latest project.

He’s set to star in Prick Up Your Ears, a West End play based on the doomed relationship between playwright Joe Orton and his lover Kenneth Halliwell.

And Matt, who plays Halliwell, is feeling anxious about starring in the production, which starts on September 17. “I feel very vulnerable, and I feel very exposed that I won’t be able to carry it off.”

The actor and comedian, best known for his role as teenage delinquent Vicky Pollard, also thinks it’s one of the most challenging pieces of work he’s ever done.

“It would have been much easier for me to take a job in a big, light Broadway-style musical, a frothy comedy or something,” Matt says in his interview with The Guardian. “Or the easy option would be to go and be in a sitcom – that’s an option that would be available to me. But I know I can do that. The point about this is that I don’t know if I can do it or not.”

Matt also reveals how he flew back from the Hollywood set of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, in which he plays Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee, especially to put on a babygrow and reprise his role as George Dawes, the drumming baby on the new series of Shooting Stars.

Matt says: “I always say I’ve got the best seat in the house – I get to sit and watch Vic and Bob clown about and I get to be part of their story. I feel privileged to be part of their work because they are pioneers. The one thing I had put in my contract with Disney was that they’d release me for two days so I could fly back and do the Shooting Stars filming.”