In nineteenth century France a convict goes straight, a single mother goes on
the game, students go rioting, a publican goes thieving and a policeman goes
bonkers. All as a direct result of being spun on a turntable for three hours
On 5th January 2010, the show celebrated it's 10,000th performance in London,
and on 8th October 2006 became the longest currently running musical in the
world. A refreshed version of the score was introduced in June 2011.
Killian Donnelly stars as ‘Jean Valjean’.
He joins “Les Misérables” fresh from Broadway where he is currently
playing the lead role of ‘Charlie Price’ in “Kinky Boots”. West End
leading lady and former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson, will join the
company as ‘Fantine’ and Hayden Tee returns to play ‘Javert’ from 17
July, having performed the role at The Queen’s Theatre until 22 April
Also joining the company are Steven Meo as ‘Thénardier’; Karis Jack as ‘Eponine’,
Jacqueline Tate as ‘Madame Thénardier’ and Hyoie O’Grady as ‘Enjolras’.
Paul Wilkins will continue in the role of ‘Marius’ and Charlotte Kennedy
will continue in the role of ‘Cosette’ having both originally joined the
company in 2015.
From 17 July 2017 the full company is: Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou;
Oliver Brenin; Ciarán Bowling; Hugo Chiarella; Andy Conaghan; Killian
Donnelly; Alice Ellen Wright; Sophie-May Feek; Hyoie O’Grady; Catherine
Hannay; Antony Hansen; Holly-Anne Hull; James Hume; Karis Jack; Ciaran
Joyce; Charlotte Kennedy; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Jo Loxton; John
Lumsden; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Jonny Purchase; Lauren Soley;
Carley Stenson; Jacqueline Tate; Shaq Taylor; George Tebbutt; Hayden
Tee; Lee Van Geleen; Danny Whitehead and Paul Wilkins.
Photographic credits for above: (Queen's Theatre production)
Left: Paris. Centre: Lovely Ladies. Right: Barricade.
Photographer and Copyright Owner: Michael Le Poer Trench.
Please note that these photographs are used by permission. They MUST NOT be
reproduced on other websites without permission of the above mentioned copyright
Les Misérables 30th Anniversary. Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine,
celebrates in style:
From the Palace Theatre production: This you either love or hate. Opera buffs of this monkey's acquaintance
complain the blend of theatrical / opera / pop that comprises the music is tinny
and pretentious. Others find the interwoven storylines too much work for an
evening out, and the completely sung score a tad relentless.
For the millions of Les Miz fans worldwide (including theatremonkey); this
remains a story of immense hope and humanity and we leave the theatre happily
deluded into thinking we have discovered just that bit more about people,
The current London production was cut by fifteen minutes in March 2001.
Viewers will not notice since the cuts were the bits 'restored' a year ago -
those same bits originally cut from the very first production! Frankly, the
monkey is just glad not to be on the score copying team.
Theatremonkey advises first timers read the programme notes before the
performance starts, and be prepared to concentrate - this show does not come
easy. Hugo fans should know that the original novel has been filleted to
produced a focused three hours, and characters and connected relationships do
not appear as written. No worries though, the novel survives the
adaptation very well to this non literary monkey's mind.