Les Misérables is London's longest-running musical, and once you've seen it, you'll realize why. With stunning designs by John Napier and directed by Trevor Nunn at his most authoritative and inventive, this is a saga of a doomed hero, set against a backdrop of revolutionary fervor in post-Napoleonic Paris. Filled with some of the best-loved tunes in the West End — including "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring Him Home," Les Miz remains one of the West End's most popular musicals, and on July 29 a new cast takes over.
Among those appearing on the stage of the Palace Theatre are Jerome Pradon, who plays Javert, the counter-revolutionary police inspector; and Rosemary Ashe as Madame Thenardier. Paul Manuel plays Enjolras, while Hadley Fraser plays Marius and Helen French plays Cosette. Jean Valjean is played by Michael Sterling, who has, in his time, appeared in several roles in Les Misérables — earlier in his career he was seen as both Enjolras and Marius.