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A talent show-winning theatre star who headlined the musical version of Will Ferrell’s Elf is sueing for £1.7m after breaking his ankle in the show.
Ben Forster, 40, was playing Will Ferrell’s character Buddy in Elf The Musical when he alleges elves spun him ‘violently’ while he was on a ladder decorating a Christmas tree.
He then fell from a 8ft wheeled ladder at The Lowry Theatre, in Salford, Manchester and was injured in January 2018.
His lawyer David White, told the High Court, he can no longer ‘return to physical demands of being a leading West End theatrical performer’.
According to The Sun Mr Forster is claiming he was then not able to do things you would normally see in a musical like dance, run up stairs, lift another actor or act around moving scenery.
But he says he can stand and sing after breaking his ankle.
Ben Forster as Buddy, Kimberley Walsh as Jovie ‘Elf the Musical’ at the Dominion Theatre, London in 2015
Will Ferrell’s Elf movie was a hit in 2003 and was later made into a musical by Elf The Musical (UK)
Mr White said: ‘He is unable to return to the physical demands of being a leading West End theatrical performer.’
Will Ferrell’s Elf movie was a hit in 2003 and was later made into a musical by Elf The Musical (UK).
In a 2015 production, former Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh starred alongside Ben Forster as Buddy in the West End show, Elf: The Musical.
Mr Forster won ITV’s Superstar in 2012 and as the winner played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar.
He has also had roles in the Phantom of the Opera and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Mr Forster, played Buddy since the UK première in 2014 in Plymouth, but did not finish another run on Elf when he fell on 6 January 2018.
Elf The Musical (UK) denies negligence.
The High Court will decide a date for the trial later.