Les Misérables – London cast update


Simon Gleeson joins the West End cast of Les Misérables as Jean Valjean. Picture: Matthew Murphy

The latest cast changes have been announced for Cameron Mackintosh’s record-breaking Les Misérables at London’s the Queen’s Theatre.

From Monday 5 December Simon Gleeson will return to the role of Jean Valjean, a part he has already played in Manila, Singapore and on the show’s Australian tour. He will be joined by Lucy O’Byrne who will follow up her successful musical theatre debut in the touring production of The Sound of Music by making her West End debut as Fantine.

After joining the ensemble in 2015 Hollie O’Donoghue will take on the role of Eponine, while Charlotte Kennedy will take over the role of Cosette, just a year after making her West End debut in the production.

Further cast changes will be made from Monday 12 December when Paul Wilkins will join the company in the role of Marius, a role he previously played in productions in Manila and Singapore and is currently playing in Dubai.

Continuing in their current roles are: David Langham (Thénardier), Katy Secombe (Madame Thenardier) and Chris Cowley as Enjoiras.

Hayden Tee will follow up his successful Broadway run in the role of Javert by playing the role in the West End from Monday 9 January until 22 April 2017. Tee previously played the role of Marius in the West End production.

The full company from 13 June will be: Thomas Aldridge, Adam Bayjou, Oliver Brenin, Lucyelle Cliffe, Andy Conaghan, Chris Cowley, Vinny Coyle, Tamsin Dowsett, Aimée Fisher, Simon Gleeson, Antony Hansen, Steffan Harri, Holly-Anne Hull, Will Jennings, Josie Kemp, Charlotte Kennedy, David Langham, Peter Lockyer, Joanna Loxton, Simon Lynch, Kayleigh McKnight, Felix Mosse, Lucy O’Byrne, Hollie O’Donoghue, Adam Pearce, Jonny Purchase, Sophie Reeves, Jeremy Secomb, Katy Secombe, Hayden Tee, Samantha Thomas, Lee Van Geleen, Danny Whitehead and Paul Wilkins.

Currently in its 32nd year in the West End Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaption by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton.

Les Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 where it ran for 19 years before moving to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it has already played for 11 years.

London is now home to the only original production of Les Misérables with the new production playing on Broadway, Australia, Korea and Japan after touring the UK and North America. Future productions are planned in Spain and the Philippines. There are more than 3,000 productions of the Les Misérables’ Schools’ Edition scheduled or being performed by over 150,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.

Angela Thomas

Tickets for the London production of Les Misérables are available HERE.


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