The stars of Cameron Mackintosh’s most recent Australian production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical Les Misérables will soon be starring on the West End.
It’s been announced that, in the record-breaking 32nd year of the production at London’s Queen’s Theatre, Simon Gleeson and Hayden Tee will be reunited on stage as Jean Valjean and Javert.
Michael Cassel, executive producer of the Australian production of Les Misérables, said of the news, “It’s wonderful that, three years after we first introduced Australian audiences to the original Australian cast of Les Misérables, our award-winning leading men Simon Gleeson and Hayden Tee will continue with the production in London. This follows Patrice Tipoki performing the role of Fantine in the West End earlier in the year.”
Cassel described Gleeson and Tee as having “an electrifying chemistry on stage” and said that London audiences will experience something “very special” when the two take to the Queen’s Theatre stage.
Simon Gleeson will join the London on December 5. Winner of a Helpmann Award for ‘Best Male Actor in a Musical’ for his portrayal in the Australian production, Gleeson also lead the production for seasons in Manila and Singapore earlier this year.
Hayden Tee will begin performances as Javert on January 9, 2017, having recently wowed audiences for his portrayal in both the Australian and Broadway productions of Les Misérables.
The news comes as Les Misérables has its Middle East premiere at Dubai Opera. It opened yesterday in the city’s first purpose-built performing arts theatre.
The international cast is led by John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean, Hayden Tee as Javert (before he joins the London production) and Patrice Tipoki as Fantine.
Emily Langridge received great acclaim for her portrayal of Cosette in the Australian and Manila and Singapore productions. She reprises that role in the Dubai premiere production.
Ensemble members from Australia include: Daniel Belle, Billy Bourchier, Hugo Chiarella, Mischana Dellora-Cornish, Blake Erickson, Tamlyn Henderson, Nigel Huckle, Liam McIlwain, Sarah Murr, Adèle Parkinson, Michaela Powell, and Natasha Veselinovic.
Playing the ‘Master of the House’, Monsieur Thénardier is Peter Polycarpou who was in the original London cast of Les Misérables playing the role of Jean Prouvaire before taking over the role of Thénardier. He originated the role of John in Miss Saigon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and has performed in both The Phantom of the Opera and Evita. His most recent theatre credits include Fagin in Oliver! and City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse, London.
Jodie Prenger, who is performing as Madame Thénardier, is best known for winning the role of Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Oliver! through the BBC television series I’d Do Anything. Jodie recently wowed audiences playing the title role in the national tour of the musical Calamity Jane and also in the one-woman show Tell Me On A Sunday. She has also starred in the National Theatre’s hit production of One Man, Two Guvnors both in the West End and on tour and as Lady of the Lake in Spamalot.
Playing Éponine is Carrie Hope Fletcher, who was recently seen in the London production of Les Misérables as Éponine. She made her West End debut as Young Éponine in 2001 at the age of seven and is the only British actress to play both Young Éponine and ‘older’ Éponine in the production. Other recent theatre credits include Truly Scrumptious in the UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. She is also the author of “On The Other Side” and The Sunday Times Bestseller “All I Know Now”. Carrie is an internet sensation and her fans (the “Hopefuls”) regularly flock to YouTube to watch her inspiring video’s.
Alistair Brammer, who plays the passionate student leader Enjolras, most recently wowed audiences as Chris in Cameron Mackintosh’s new award-winning production of Miss Saigon in London’s West End and in the live recording of the stage show, which is currently being released in cinema’s around the world. He made his professional stage debut as Marius in the West End production of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre having previously appeared in a special finale of the show for the show’s 20th birthday where he played the same role as part of the Schools’ Edition cast. Following his appearance in the West End, Alistair was cast as Jean Prouvaire in the smash hit film of Les Misérables, a role he also played in the 25th Anniversary Concerts of the show at London’s O2.
Finally, playing the love struck revolutionary Marius is Paul Wilkins who graduated from The Arts Educational Schools, London and went straight into the West End cast of Les Misérables in its 30th Anniversary year as ensemble/cover Marius and played the role of Marius for Cameron Mackintosh in both Manila and Singapore earlier this year.
The Dubai company is rounded off with more ensemble members from the United Kingdom: Angel Bishop-Simon, Mary Cormack, Jessica Daley, Jordan Lee Davies, Emilie du Leslay, David Francis, Louie Green, Holly-Anne Hull, James Hume, Ciaran Joyce, Adam Linstead, Mia McLoughlin, Colby Mulgrew, Grace Rogers, Lauren Soley, Oscar Tollofsen, Tom Vincent, Ena Vllasaliu and Santiago Weston.
For further information on the London production of Les Misérables, visit lesmis.com
For further information on the Dubai production of Les Misérables, visit lesmis.ae