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Matt Lucas, Alfie Boe and Hadley Fraser will join the cast of Les Miserables, at the Queen's Theatre, from 23 June 2011.
Alfie Boe will play ‘Jean Valjean’ until 26 Nov 2011, and Matt Lucas will play ‘Thénardier’ until 10 Sep 2011. Hadley Fraser will play ‘Javert’. All three actors performed in the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 last year.
Matt Lucas is best known with his comedy partner David Walliams in Tv's Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. His West End credits include "Taboo" at the Venue in 2002 and "Prick Up Your Ears" at the Comedy Theatre in 2009.
Alfie Boe is a tenor and recording artist, who shot to fame while starring in Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for his performance. His recent opera engagements have included a return to the English National Opera to sing ‘Nadir’ in a new production of “The Pearl Fishers” and also his return to the Royal Opera House in Gounod's“Roméo et Juliette”
Hadley Fraser Stage credits include “The Pirate Queen” on Broadway and ‘Marius’ in “Les Misérables” at the Palace Theatre.
The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables 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. In January 2010, played its 10,000th performance in London.
Les Miserables, 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.
The musical has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages. There have been 36 cast recordings of "Les Miserables". Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film of "Les Miserables" with Working Title and Universal.