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.
From Monday 5th December 2016. Simon Gleeson will play ‘Jean Valjean’;
Lucy O'Byrne will play ‘Fantine’ and Hollie O’Donoghue will play ‘Eponine’.
From Monday 12th December 2016, Paul Wilkins joins the company as
‘Marius’ with Charlotte Kennedy making her debut as ‘Cosette’ having
made her West End debut in Les Misérables last year. Continuing in their
roles are David Langham as ‘Thénardier’; Katy Secombe as ‘Madame
Thenardier’ and Chris Cowley as ‘Enjolras’.
From Monday 9th January 2017 to 22nd April 2017, Hayden Tee will join
the company to play ‘Javert’. Jeremy Secomb is taking a sabbatical from
the show to perform as ‘Sweeney Todd’ in the off-Broadway revival of
“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” following successful
runs at Harrington Pie and Mash Shop in 2014 and in the West End in
From 9th January 2017, the full company will be: Thomas Aldridge; Adam
Bayjou; Oliver Brenin; Lucyelle Cliffe; Andy Conaghan; Chris Cowley;
Vinny Coyle; Tamsin Dowsett; Aimée Fisher; Simon Gleeson; Antony Hansen;
Steffan Harri; Holly-Anne Hull; Will Jennings; Josie Kemp; Charlotte
Kennedy; David Langham; Joanna Loxton; Simon Lynch; Kayleigh McKnight;
Felix Mosse; Lucy O'Byrne; Hollie O’Donoghue; Adam Pearce; Jonny
Purchase; Sophie Reeves; Jeremy Secomb; Katy Secombe; Hayden Tee;
Samantha Thomas; 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.
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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.