STAGE FRIGHT

Gay Juror Fakes Illness To See West End Musical, Winds Up In Jail

A gay university student in England wanted to see the West End production of Chicago so badly he lied to get out of jury duty to make the show.

Unlike Roxie and Velma, though, for Matthew Banks, 19, crime didn’t pay: After  court officers called his house and his boyfriend said he was in London seeing a show, Banks was arrested for contempt of court and sentenced to 14 days in a young offenders institution.

Initially jailed last Monday, he was released early on Friday and spent Christmas with his family.

Speaking to BBC Radio, Banks said, “It was a very stupid thing to do [but] I genuinely did not believe I would put off the trial… I thought that by calling in sick it would carry on without me.” He said he didn’t expect to actually wind up behind bars for playing hooky. “I thought I would just get a fine.”

We can’t imagine doing jail time just to see Chicago. Book of Mormon, maybe—those tickets are expensive!