The West End production of Les Miserables is to change its cast next month at the Queen’s Theatre.
This original production of the show, the world’s longest-running musical, is based on Victor Hugo’s novel, with a score by Boublil and Schönberg, and produced by theatre impressario Cameron Mackintosh (Miss Saigon).
The cast changes at Les Miserables will take place from 16 June 2014.
Peter Lockyer will join the cast as Jean Valjean from the US tour of the show, Olivier Award winner David Thaxton will play Javert, Tom Edden plays Thénardier, Celinde Schoenmaker plays Fantine, Michael Colbourne plays Enjolras and Emilie Fleming plays Cosette.
Rob Houchen will continue to star as Marius in the show, with Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine and Wendy Ferguson as Madame Thénardier.
The full company will be as follows: Jeremy Batt; Ethan Bradshaw; Melanie Bright; Dougie Carter; Michael Colbourne; Jade Davies; Lee Dillon-Stuart; Tamsin Dowsett; Tom Edden; Christian Edwards; Wendy Ferguson; Emilie Fleming; Carrie Hope Fletcher; James Gant; Carolina Gregory; Rob Houchen; Bradley Jaden; Emma Kingston; Sarah Lark; Jordan Lee Davies; Adam Linstead; Peter Lockyer; Joanna Loxton; Claire Parrish; Adam Pearce; Jonny Purchase; Michael Riseley; Celinde Schoenmaker; Simon Shorten; Ashley Stillburn; Jessamy Stoddart; David Thaxton and Helen Walsh.
Winner of this year’s Olivier Audience Award, Les Miserables
Peter Lockyer recently completed a year and a half run as Jean Valjean in the sold-out North American 25th Anniversary Tour of “Les Misérables”. He has also appeared as ‘Chris’ in “Miss Saigon” on Broadway and in the first National tour and as ‘Marius’ in the 10th Anniversary production of “Les Misérables” on Broadway.
David Thaxton recently played ‘Giorgio’ in “Passion” at the Donmar Warehouse for which he won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Previously he has appeared as ‘Enjolras’ in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre and ‘Raoul’ in “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre.
Tom Edden appeared in “One Man, Two Guvnors” on Broadway, earning him a Tony Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in 2011. He most recently played ‘Fagin’ in “Oliver!” at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
Celinde Schoenmaker returns to the role of ‘Fantine’ at the Queen’s Theatre after making her West End debut in the part in 2013. She most recently played ‘Jenny’ in “Love Story” on tour in Holland.
Michael Colbourne most recently played ‘Young Buddy’ in “Follies” at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. He makes his West-End debut in the role.
Emilie Fleming was a finalist in BBC One’s “Over the Rainbow”. Her credits include “Oliver!” at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield. She also took part in the “Les Misérables” 20th Anniversary performance schools finale at the Queen’s Theatre.
Rob Houchen trained at Guildford School of Acting and after graduating toured Germany with “The 12 Tenors”.
Carrie Hope Fletcher played ‘Young Eponine’ at the Palace Theatre in 2001. Her West End credits include ‘Jemima Potts’ in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the London Palladium and ‘Jane Banks’ in “Mary Poppins” at the Prince Edward Theatre.
Wendy Ferguson played ‘Carlotta’ in “The Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and the 25th Anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall and ‘Widow Corney’ in “Oliver!” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
LES MIS – QUICK FACTS
- Now in its 29th year in London
- Originally opened at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985
- Transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985
- Moved to the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004
- Became the World’s Longest Running Musical on 8 October 2006, surpassing “Cats”
- Nearly 65 million people worldwide have seen the show in 43 countries and 22 languages
- There are currently 47 cast recordings of the show
- The motion picture soundtrack has sold over 1.5 million copies
- There are over 3,000 productions of the Les Misérables School’s 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.
- The 2012 movie grossed $450 million worldwide to date