West End Les Misérables Announces Cast Changes

News   West End Les Misérables Announces Cast Changes Long-running musical Les Misérables sees some major cast changes beginning July 28. The highest-profile one is the arrival of S Club star Jon Lee to play the young romantic lead Marius.

Joining him will be Jeff Leyton, returning to the cast to play the central character Jean Valjean. Katy Secombe will play Madame Thénardier, Joanna Ampil will play Fantine, Lydia Griffiths will play Cosette and Oliver Thornton will be Enjolras.

Les Misérables is London's longest-running musical, having opened at the Barbican in October 1985. It transferred to the Palace (where it is still resident) in December that year. A stage musical version of Victor Hugo's vast novel, Les Misérables tells an epic story of one man's attempt to put his criminal past behind him, and another's (the policeman, Inspector Javert) determination not to let him do so. This personal tragedy is carried out against a backdrop of Revolution, and the contrast between the lives of the rich and of the teeming mass of Paris' poor and dispossessed — "les Misérables."

Adapted from Hugo's work, and directed, by Sir Trevor Nunn and John Caird, Les Misérables has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude Michel Schönberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. It is produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.