Australian musicals star Josh Piterman has had to delay his starring role in Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables at the Sondheim theatre in London.
Piterman is suffering an injury, and now won’t join the cast to play Jean Valjean until late April, with the exact date to be announced.
Dean Chisnall, who is currently playing Jean Valjean following the UK tour, will stay in the role until 15 April 2023.
A statement from the producers of Les Mis posted on social media said: “Due to an injury Josh Piterman will now join the Les Miserables London company in late April: his opening night will be announced at a later date. We are delighted that Dean Chisnall will be extending his current run as Jean Valjean until 15 April.”
Other cast include Claire Machin as Madame Thénardier, Harry Chandler as Enjolras, Gerard Carey as Thénardier, Robert Tripolino as Marius, Nathania Ong as Éponine, Lulu-Mae Pears as Cosette.
The company is completed by Hazel Baldwin, Brad Barnley, Emma Barr, Will Barratt, Cameron Burt, Natalie Chua, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Bryony Duncan, Louis Emmanuel, Sophie-May Feek, Melad Hamidi, Harry Jack, Christopher Jacobsen, Will Jennings, Benjamin Karran, Yazmin King, Bart Lambert, Sarah Lark, Adam Robert Lewis, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Donald Craig Manuel, Jodie Nolan, Sam Peggs, Jo Stephenson, Phoebe Williams and Ollie Wray.
Josh Piterman’s West End debut came in 2019 when he took on the role of The Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. His other roles include Hairspray, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and West Side Story.
Written Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, Les Miserables is London’s – and the world’s – longest-running musical of all time, and features songs including I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more.