Les Miserables, now at the West End’s Queen’s Theatre, will welcome several new cast members next week. From Monday 28 June 2004, Sean Kingsley will take over as Jean Valjean, with Gary Tushaw as Marius and Gemma Wardle reprising the role of Eponine, which she’s already played in Manchester as well as London.

Based on Victor Hugo's humanitarian novel about a persecuted man in 19th-century revolutionary France, Les Miserables has been seen worldwide by over 50 million people in more than 38 countries and in 21 languages. Originally adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird for the RSC, the musical has a book by Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil, with music by Schönberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The production is designed by John Napier and produced by Cameron Mackintosh.

The West End’s longest still running musical, Les Miserables ran for 18 years and over 7,500 performances at the Palace Theatre before moving down the road to the Queen’s this past April (See News, 21 Nov 2003).

The current cast of Les Miserables will continue to star Michael McCarthy (Javert), Stephen Tate (Monsieur Thenardier), Katy Secombe (Madame Thenardier), Joanna Ampil (Fantine), Lydia Griffiths (Cosette) and Oliver Thornton (Enjolras).

- by Terri Paddock