Following the exciting news that, during the Queen's Theatre refurb, Les Miserables will be continuing at the Gielgud Theatre as an epic concert production, a fantastic cast has been announced to showcase the classic musical in all its glory.
Michael Ball first appeared in Les Miserables back in 1985 as a member of the original London cast of the musical. He played the role of Marius, the love interest of Cosette in the story. He starred in the Barbican premiere production, and then at the Palace Theatre following the West End transfer. He also performed the musical as part of 'The Dream Cast in Concert' to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show in 1995, and a concert performance for the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2004. Ball then starred in the 25th anniversary concert at The O2 Arena in 2010.
A regular collaborator with Ball - they have released two albums and toured the UK together - Alfie Boe’s history with the show dates back to the O2 Arena concert in 2010, where he performed the role of Jean Valjean. During the encore, he performed “Bring Him Home” as part of the Valjean Quartet alongside Colm Wilkinson, John Owen-Jones and Simon Bowman.
Boe was then cast in the West End production of Les Miserables in 2011, playing Valjean. In 2015, he took on the role in the Broadway revival of the musical at the Imperial Theatre. He will be reprising the role once again for the Gielgud concert production (John Owen-Jones will share the role with Boe, see below for more details.)
Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher’s career has been littered with appearances in the musical. When she was nine years old, she appeared in the West End production as Young Eponine, and returned to the show in 2013 to take over the role of adult Eponine, making her the only British actor to play both young and older versions of the character.
She returns to the musical to play Fantine in the concert production this summer. She recently revealed that across her two runs in the musical she racked up 959 performances, and returning this year means she will break the 1,000 performances mark.
Actor and comedian Matt Lucas’ first brush with the musical was also at the O2 Arena concert in 2010, performing the role of Thénardier. He was then cast in the role at the Queen’s Theatre, alongside Alfie Boe, and played the role for three months. He returns to the musical to reprise the same role in London this summer.
John Owen-Jones has performed in Les Miz numerous times across his extensive career. He first took over the role of Jean Valjean in 1998 aged 26, making him the youngest actor to play the part. He had previously understudied the roles of the Factory Foreman, Feuilly, Grantaire and Enjolras, and appeared as part of the choir in the 1995 Royal Albert Hall concert.
Owen-Jones returned to the London production in 2005 to play Valjean at the Queen’s Theatre, and went on to play the role on Broadway, and during the 25th anniversary international tour.
John Owen-Jones will play the role of Jean Valjean for three performances a week in the concert production, playing the role on Mondays, Wednesday matinees and Thursdays.
Katy Secombe has performed in the London production of Miz on a number of occasions, playing Madame Thénardier on a number of occasions of the years, including as part of the 30th anniversary cast. She also appeared in the major motion picture of the musical as Madame Huchloup, but will be reprising her role as Madame Thénardier as part of the All-Star Staged Concert.