Following the exciting news that Les Miserables: The Staged Concertwill return, a fantastic cast has been announced to showcase the classic musical in all its glory. From original cast members like Michael Ball, to Les Mis vets and a few other favourites from the barricades to boot, we take you through the casts of Les Miserables: The Staged Concert.
Who is starring in Les Miserables: The Staged Concert?
Jon Robyns was playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre, before performances were forced to close in December 2020. His previous credits include King George III in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre, Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre and Spamalot at the Harold Pinter Theatre. In Les Mis, he's played Marius in the West End and Enjolras on tour.
Bradley Jaden will play Javert in the all-star concerts. In London, he's played Fiyero in Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and starred in the original London cast of Shrek at Theatre Royal Drury Lane.
Recently playing Jenna in the West End production of Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre, Jones will now play Fantine in Les Mis. Throughout her theatre career, she's also been in touring productions of Legally Blonde and The Wedding Singer.
Graduating from the BRIT School, Ako made her West End debut in the all-star Les Mis concerts in 2019. Since then, she's continued to play Eponine in all London productions, including the full musical at the Sondheim Theatre.
The three-time Olivier Award-nominated actress will play Madame Thenardier. Aside from her acclaimed performances in Oklahoma!, Sweet Charity and Merrily We Roll Along, she recently played Velma Kelly in Chicagoat the Phoenix Theatre.
Muscato made his Les Miserables debut in the 25th anniversary tour, playing Jean Prouvaire. Since then, he's starred in London productions of Dogfight and Big Fish at The Other Palace. Notably, he starred in the original West End cast of Heathers at Theatre Royal Haymarket as J.D. In the staged concert, Muscato will play Enjolras.
Who has previously starred in Les Miserables: The Staged Concert?
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.
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. Across her three runs in the musical, she has been in over 1,000 performances of Les Miserables.
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.
John Owen-Jones has performed in Les Mis 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.
Photo credit: Les Miserables cast (Photo by Johan Persson)