Major cast changes in Les Miserables from Mon 28 June 2004

Major cast changes in Les Miserables from Mon 28 June 2004

Major cast changes have been announced in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre from 28 June 2004

Sean Kingsley will take over the role of 'Jean Valjean'; Gary Tushsaw 'Marius' and Gemma Wardle 'Eponine'. The show will continue to star Michael McCarthy (Javert ), Stephen Tate (Thenardier), Katy Secombe (Madame Thenardier), Joanna Ampil (Fantine), Lydia Griffiths (Cosette) and Oliver Thornton (Enjolras) .

Sean Kingsley has played in a plethora of West End musicals, including "Me and My Girl", "Cats" and "Scrooge". Gary Tushsaw has performed in London shows, and on the high seas, aboard the Queen Mary 2. Gemma Wardle returns to the role of 'Eponine', having already played this part in both London and Manchester, and having starred in several major UK tours of musicals, including "Carousel", "Fame" and "The Wizard of Oz".

After 18 years and over 7500 performances, the show had its final performance at the Palace Theatre on Sat 27 March 2004. The show then moved to the Queen's theatre from 3 April 2004.

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.

It has been seen by over 50 million people worldwide in 38 countries and in 21 languages. There have been 31 cast recordings of "Les Miserables", including the multi-platinum London cast recording and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.

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