2006-12-18 15:35:18 UTC
By Caroline Davies and Paula Sheppard
Last Updated: 1:12pm GMT 18/12/2006
With wigs and war-paint in abundance, the unconvincing "laydee" Emily
would have failed to get a look-in yesterday when Little Britain star
Matt Lucas celebrated his "marriage" to his long-term lover yesterday.
Guests at the most extravagant gay nuptials since Sir Elton John "wed"
David Furnish were asked to dress as pantomime characters for an
exuberant reception at the Banqueting House in Whitehall.
And they did not disappoint as a procession of Little Red Riding Hoods,
Captain Hooks, Fairy Godmothers and Buttonses poured out from taxis and
a red double-decker bus and through the building's grand entrance.
Lucas, always one for the outrageous stage outfit, positively sparkled
in an exotic blue and gold Ali Baba number, complete with pink and blue
His partner Kevin McGee, a television producer, was a perfect Prince
Charming with knee-high boots in the style of Adam Ant style.
Lucas's Little Britain co-creator and co-star, David Walliams came as
Tweedledum. Or, was it Tweedledee? He wasn't saying.
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costumes - and chief among the Hooks was Sir Elton John, who arrived
with his own Prince Charming, Mr Furnish.
Neil Tennant, of the Pet Shop Boys, Paul O'Grady, the television
presenter and Paul McKenna, the hypnotist, were just three of the many
other pirate captains to come to party.
Graham Norton, the television personality, was a convincing Buttons, as
was Louis Walsh, the pop producer and Stephen Gately, the former
Boyzone singer. The pop singer Will Young was a less convincing Ugly
Sister, while comedian Rob Brydon opted for Peter Pan.
There were chaotic scenes on the streets - just yards from Downing
Street - with photographers and onlookers jostling as the guests
Inside, the building's Great Hall was transformed into a giant theatre
set and a huge sign proclaiming "Whitehall Palace Theatre" greeted
guests at the entrance.
Props had been ferried in by stage-hands wearing pink wigs and included
a wheelchair - a hint that Little Britain's characters Andy and Lou
would make an appearance, perhaps? Washing machines, tumble dryers and
kitchen units were also carried inside, fuelling the imagination.
Lucas, 32, and McGee, 30, met at a nightclub four years ago but kept
their relationship very private and avoided being photographed
To the initial disappointment of the small crowd waiting outside the
Banqueting House the groom and groom arrived sans costume, in the dark
suits they had worn for their civil ceremony earlier.
But within the hour, they popped outside for photographs to loud
cheers. Asked how the ceremony had gone, Lucas beamed and said: "We've
had lots of good wishes from the public."
Just days before the ceremony, Lucas had admitted: "I'm quite a dull
dresser, so it's a chance for me to be a bit more outrageous."
They were obviously keen to keep their costumes under wraps until the
Guests were under strict orders not to bring mobile phones or cameras.
The couple made their vows at a civil partnership ceremony at Home
House, a club in Portman Square, in front of family and friends,
including his co-star Walliams and the presenter Dale Winton.