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Brentford comedian to appear on West End stage alongside Alex Reid

Marcus Gibson, who runs the Bees' German fan club, will showcase his comic creations in Factor 2025, at Leicester Square Theatre

Marcus Gibson (right) with Alex Reid

A Brentford comedian has landed a West End role alongside cage fighter and former Celebrity Big Brother winner Alex Reid.

Marcus Gibson plays a number of parts in Factor 2025, Johnny Tait's comic play about reality TV, in which he will appear at Leicester Square Theatre on Saturday, February 7.

The former Syon School (now Isleworth & Syon) pupil and West Thames College graduate, who also works as a bouncer, hopes the show will secure a longer run and act as a springboard for his comedic talents.

"I'd been working on these characters for a while when I showed them to Johnny and he said he'd fit them into the show," said Mr Gibson.

"I play four different people auditioning for the reality TV show - a German, an Irishman, a Scot and a man in drag. I've always been good at mimicking accents and this is a great opportunity to show off those skills."

Marcus Gibson as one of his comic creations he will play in Factor 2025
 

Mr Tait plays Trenton Powell (any similarity to Simon Cowell is entirely on purpose, says Mr Gibson), a cynical TV promoter willing to sink to any depths to drive up viewing figures. Mr Reid, the former husband of glamour model Katie Price, plays another contestant on the fictional show.

Mr Gibson's diverse career highlights include playing the devil at the Rolling Stones' Wembley after-party during their Voodoo Lounge tour in the 90s, and compering Queen drummer Roger Taylor's wedding party in 2010.

He is a lifelong Brentford FC fan and runs the Bees' fan club in Germany, where he has lived on and off for 10 years.

He has used his connections with the club to organise a number of fundraising events, including a charity match for Hounslow Urban Farm in 2013 and a VIP dinner in 2011 for Isleworth cancer charity the Mulberry Centre.

* Factor 2025 is at Leicester Square Theatre on Saturday, February 7. You can book tickets, priced, £20, at http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873518927/events

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