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Cameron Mackintosh has announced updated casting for his long running production of Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre from 15 February 2016. The show is now in its 30th year in London's West End.
Joining the cast will be Patrice Tipoki as ‘Fantine’ (until 23 April 2016), Craig Mather as ‘Marius’ and Danielle Hope as ‘Eponine’. Eva Noblezada will join the show as ‘Eponine’ from 4 April 2016. Peter Lockyer will continue as ‘Jean Valjean’, Jeremy Secomb as ‘Javert’, Phil Daniels as ‘Thénardier’, Katy Secombe as ‘Madame Thénardier’, Zoë Doano as ‘Cosette’ and Bradley Jaden as ‘Enjolras’.
It has also been announced that Rachelle Ann Go’s final performance as ‘Fantine’ in the West End will be 30 January 2016 before she continues the role in Manila, where the new Asian tour begins. She will return to the role at the Queen’s Theatre on Monday 9 May 2016.
The ensemble will also include: Adam Bayjou, Sanne den Besten, Josie Brightwell, Edd Campbell Bird, Oliver Brenin, David Burnip, Jordan Lee Davies, Tamsin Dowsett, Katy Hanna, Matthew Harvey, Matt Jeans, Charlotte Kennedy, Emma Kingston, Jo Loxton, Luke McCall, Ryan O'Gorman, Jo Parsons, Adam Pearce, Jonny Purchase, Michael Riseley, Courtney Stapleton, Jessamy Stoddart, Samantha Thomas and Lee Van Geleen.
The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Misérables originally opened at the Barbican Theatre on 8 Oct 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004.
Les Misérables, which concerns love and bravery in 19th century France during the revolutionary struggles, is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. It is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Patrice Tipoki's credits include Australian productions of 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Wicked' and 'The Lion King'.She is currently playing ‘Fantine’ in the Australian tour of the new production of Les Misérables.
Craig Mather most recent London stage credits include 'Sweeney Todd' at Harrington’s Pie Shop. Other theatre credits include the UK tour of 'Tonight’s The Night' and 'Les Miserables' at the Queen’s Theatre.
Danielle Hope was the winner of the BBC’s 'Over the Rainbow' talent show and made her professional debut as ‘Dorothy’ in “The Wizard of Oz” at the London Palladium. She previously played the role of ‘Eponine’ at the Queen’s Theatre in 2012. Other theatre credits include 'The Sound of Music' in the role of 'Maria' and on the recent national tour of 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ as ‘The Narrator'.
Eva Noblezada is currently starring as 'Kim' in the West End production of Miss Saigon, which is playing at the Prince Edward Theatre and is due to end it's run there on 27 February 2016.
Les Misérables has now been seen by nearly 70 million people worldwide in 44 countries and in 22 languages, with seven more currently scheduled.