Ramin Karimloo to play Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

Ramin Karimloo takes over the role of 'Jean Valjean' in Les Miserables, at the Queen's Theatre, from 29 Nov 2011.

Ramin Karimloo recently played the role of ‘The Phantom’ in the 25th Anniversary celebrations of “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall”, a role he has previously played in the West End. Other theatre credits include creating the role of ‘The Phantom’ in “Love Never Dies”. Ramin has previously played ‘Enjolras’ in the West End production of "Les Miserables". He also played the role in the 25th Anniversary celebration of “Les Misérables at The 02”. Recordings include his own album “Within the Six Square Inch”, the première symphonic recording of “Love Never Dies” and “The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall”. Ramin has recently signed with Sony and is currently recording his first solo album.

The current cast is: Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean, to 26 Nov 2011), Hadley Fraser (Javert), Caroline Sheen (Fantine), Alexia Khadime (Eponine), Craig Mather (Marius), Cameron Blakely (Thenardier), Katy Secombe (Madame Thenardier), Liam Tamne (Enjolras) and Lisa-Anne Wood (Cosette).

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.

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.

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.

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