The cast for the new production of Les Misérables in London’s West End at the Sondheim Theatre has been confirmed.
After more than 30 years, Les Misérables played its final performance at the Queen’s Theatre in July to allow for renovations.
The venue will reopen in December as the newly renamed Sondheim Theatre, home to a brand new production of Les Miz.
The 2019 West End cast will be led by Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean and Bradley Jaden as Javert.
Gerard Carey will play Thénardier, Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Fantine*, Shan Ako will play Eponine, Josefina Gabrielle will play Madame Thénardier, Ashley Gilmour will play Enjolras, Lily Kerhoas will play Cosette with Harry Apps as Marius.
* Carrie Hope Fletcher will play Fantine between 18 December 2019 and 29 February 2020 and again from 20 April 2020 until 25 July 2020. Rachelle Ann Go will play the role from 2 March 2020 until 18 April 2020 before taking over from 27 July 2020.
They will be joined by Kelly Agbowu, Ciarán Bowling, Richard Carson, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Harry Dunnett, Jessie Hart, Jessica Joslin, Sarah Lark, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Claire O’Leary, Shane O’Riordan, Kathy Peacock, Sam Peggs, Mark Pearce, Emma Warren, Sake Wijers, Mared Williams and Samuel Wyn-Morris.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “As Les Mis enters its 35th year in London, I am thrilled that we have found a brilliant and exciting cast to open my new production at the Sondheim theatre, many of whom were not even born when the show first opened!
“I am particularly delighted that Jon Robyns will be leading the company as Jean Valjean. Jon originally played the role of Enjolras when I first produced this new production in 2010. He also starred in Avenue Q for me in the West End and is currently having a huge success as King George in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace.
“His Inspector Javert will be played by Bradley Jaden, who is currently a sensational Enjolras in the sell out staged Concert version of Les Mis next door at the Gielgud Theatre having previously played Javert to great acclaim at the Queen’s.
“Other current stars of the Concert who will be reprising their show stopping roles at the Sondheim are Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and West End newcomers Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas as Eponine and Cosette.
“I am delighted to announce that Rachelle Ann Go, one of the incredible stars of both the Original and current London cast of Hamilton and a previously acclaimed Fantine, will return to this role for 7 weeks in the Spring before taking the role over from Carrie Hope Fletcher next Summer.
“The irresistibly grasping Thénardiers will be in the hilarious hands of Gerard Carey and Josefina Gabrielle. I last worked with Gerard when he portrayed the scene stealing photographer in my recent production of Half a Sixpence and Josefina who starred in my productions of Carousel, Witches of Eastwick and Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman.
“It’s terrific to be reunited with Ashley Gilmour as Enjolras – after his recent success playing Chris in my international tour of Miss Saigon.
“It is a testament to Víctor Hugo’s timeless masterpiece and Boublil & Schönberg’s brilliant musical adaptation that Les Misérables continues to attract such stellar talent to the world’s longest running musical.”
Adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables shares the epic tale of a man’s life journey through 18th century France and his struggle to live through the injustice and revolution of the time.
Featuring the songs I Dreamed A Dream, Do You Hear the People Sing, Bring Him Home, and many more – it’s a must-see.