Cameron Mackintosh announced today that Killian Donnelly (Kinky Boots, The Commitments, Les Miserables), will star as ‘Jean Valjean’ from Monday 12th June. He joins “Les Misérables” fresh from Broadway where he is currently playing ‘Charlie Price’ in “Kinky Boots”. Carley Stenson (Hollyoaks, Legally Blonde, Shrek) will join the company as ‘Fantine’ and Hayden Tee returns to play ‘Javert’ from 17 July.
Steven Meo joins the company as ‘Thénardier’; Karis Jack as ‘Eponine’, Jacqueline Tate as ‘Madame Thénardier’ and Hyoie O’Grady as ‘Enjolras’. Paul Wilkins and Charlotte Kennedy continue as ‘Marius’ and ‘Cosette’ respectively.
Carley Stenson’s isn’t the usual stunt casting choice – she may be from Hollyoaks, but she has also been in Spamalot, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Legally Blonde, and Shrek.
Killian Donnelly and Hayden Tee are no strangers to Les Miserables. Donnelly appeared in the 2012 film and played Enjolras, both in the 25th Anniversary Concert and West End. Haydn Tee returns to the West End production having played the role of ‘Javert’ in the West End from 9 January 2017 to 22 April 2017. He has previously played the role on Broadway and in Dubai. He has also previously played the role of ‘Marius’.
Steven Meo’s previous theatre credits include “Pride & Prejudice” at The Regents Park Open Air Theatre and on UK tour; “The Taming of the Shrew”, “Boeing Boeing”, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog” all for Theatre Clwyd; “The Distance” for Sheffield Crucible/Orange Tree Theatre and “Flesh and Blood” for Hampstead Theatre and on tour.
Karis Jack’s theatre credits include “The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin” at the Theatre Royal, Stratford East & Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; “Baddies: The Musical” at the Unicorn Theatre’ “Hairspray” at Curve, Leicester and on UK tour; “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Salisbury Playhouse and Mercury Theatre, Colchester; and perhaps most notably, “Urinetown: The Musical” at the Apollo Theatre and St James Theatre.
Jacqueline Tate’s previous theatre credits include: “Allegro” at the Southwark Playhouse; “Avenue Q” at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Gielgud Theatre and national tour; “South Pacific” at The Barbican Theatre and UK tour; “The Phantom of The Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and “My Fair Lady” and “Evita” on international tour.
Hyoie O’Grady is making his professional and West End debut in “Les Misérables”.
From 17 July 2017 the full company will be: Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou; Oliver Brenin; Ciarán Bowling; Hugo Chiarella; Andy Conaghan; Killian Donnelly; Alice Ellen Wright; Sophie-May Feek; Hyoie O’Grady; Catherine Hannay; Antony Hansen; Holly-Anne Hull; James Hume; Karis Jack; Ciaran Joyce; Charlotte Kennedy; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Jo Loxton; John Lumsden; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Jonny Purchase; Lauren Soley; Carley Stenson; Jacqueline Tate; Shaq Taylor; George Tebbutt; Hayden Tee; Lee Van Geleen; Danny Whitehead and Paul Wilkins.
Les Miserables is currently booking at the Queens Theatre into October 2017.
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