Cast

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Initial casting announced for the UK dates of the World Tour. Alfie Boe and Killian Donnelly will share the role of Jean Valjean and Michael Ball and Bradley Jaden will share the role of Javert, leading a cast and orchestra of over 65.

Click on the artist’s headshot to view their scheduled performance dates. Please note that the appearance of any artist is not guaranteed and is subject to change without notice. Full casting to be announced. Les Misérables will feature a core cast with a great number of celebrated Les Mis guest stars appearing as their schedules allow.

PRINCIPALS (UK VENUES)

Javert

Michael
Ball

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Ball

Javert
PERFORMANCE DATES

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will play the roles of Javert and Jean Valjean respectively at the following locations and dates:

Belfast: 19, 20 & 21 Sep at 7.30pm and 25, 26, 27 & 28 Sep at 7.30pm
Glasgow: 3 & 4 Oct at 7.30pm, 5 Oct at 2pm, 6 Oct at 6.30pm
Sheffield: 10 & 11 Oct at 7.30pm, 12 Oct at 2.30pm, 13 Oct at 6pm
Aberdeen: 17 & 18 Oct at 7.30pm, 19 Oct at 2pm
Manchester: 27 Dec at 7.30pm, 28 Dec at 2pm, 29 Dec at 1pm
Newcastle: 2 & 3 Jan 7.30pm, 4 Jan at 1pm, 5 Jan at 6.30pm

BIOGRAPHY

Michael Ball is Britain’s leading musical theatre star, a double Olivier Award-winning, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum recording artist and a hugely popular radio and TV presenter. For over 30 years he has been at the top of his game, starring in musical theatre productions in the West End and on Broadway, winning critical acclaim, a devoted following and awards for his stage work and recording career.

Michael’s theatre include Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (ENO/Coliseum); Javert in Les Misérables – The Staged Concert (Gielgud Theatre); Anatoly in Chess (ENO/Coliseum); Mack in Mack and Mabel (Chichester/UK Tour); Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd (West End) for which he won the Olivier Award for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’; Edna Turnblad in Hairspray (Original West End Cast) for which he won the Olivier Award for ‘Best Actor in a Musical’;  Kismet (English National Opera); Patience (New York City Opera); The Woman in White (West End/Broadway); Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West End); Passion, The Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love (West End/Broadway) and creating the role of. Marius in Les Misérables (Original West End Cast). His television credits include the Victoria Wood BBC TV film, That Day We Sang, opposite his Sweeney Todd co-star, Imelda Staunton.

Michael has a successful radio broadcasting career which includes his own show, The Michael Ball Show on BBC Radio 2 on Sundays. He is also a popular TV presenter – he has hosted The Michael Ball Show on ITV1, his first TV travelogue, Wonderful Wales on Channel 5 and most recently an Easter Sunday special for the BBC.

He regularly tours the UK as a concert artist and has sold millions of albums over the last 30 years; he’s performed in Australia, China, USA, Japan and, in 2007, made his BBC Proms debut: An Evening with Michael Ball at the Royal Albert Hall which marked the first time a musical theatre star had been given a solo concert at the Proms. In 2016 he released Together, a collaborative effort with close friend and singer Alfie Boe, that featured performances of classic songs. The album became the UK’s best-selling album of 2016 and beat the likes of Little Mix and The Rolling Stones to the Christmas No.1 spot. Ball & Boe then released ‘Together Again’ which brought the pair yet another No.1 album in 2017, and ‘Back Together’ which landed them the No.2 spot in the Official Albums Chart. In 2020, Michael and Alfie released their first festive album ‘Together at Christmas’ featuring both old favourites and originals. Thanks to their latest release ‘Together in Vegas’, which entered the UK album chart at No.3 in October 2022, they have now sold over 1.5 million albums in the UK, received two Classic Brit Awards, sold out two headline arena tours and presented three ITV Specials.

During the various U.K. lockdowns, Michael started to pen new material — the result was ‘We Are More Than One’, an album more personal than ever before. After learning how to write and record remotely, every track had an inspiring story to tell.

His debut novel, ‘The Empire’ – published in Autumn 2022, became a Sunday Times Bestseller and he recently released his first ever memoir titled ‘Different Aspects’

Jean Valjean

Alfie
Boe

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Alfie
Boe

Jean Valjean
PERFORMANCE DATES

Alfie Boe and Michael Ball will play the roles of Jean Valjean and Javert respectively at the following locations and dates:
Belfast: 19, 20 & 21 Sep at 7.30pm and 25, 26, 27 & 28 Sep at 7.30pm
Glasgow: 3 & 4 Oct at 7.30pm, 5 Oct at 2pm, 6 Oct at 6.30pm
Sheffield: 10 & 11 Oct at 7.30pm, 12 Oct at 2.30pm, 13 Oct at 6pm
Aberdeen: 17 & 18 Oct at 7.30pm, 19 Oct at 2pm
Manchester: 27 Dec at 7.30pm, 28 Dec at 2pm, 29 Dec at 1pm
Newcastle: 2 & 3 at Jan 7.30pm, 4 Jan at 1pm, 5 Jan at 6.30pm

BIOGRAPHY

Multi-platinum selling recording artist, Alfie Boe OBE has established a reputation as one of the most powerful and prestigious UK born and bred voices. ‘The Nations favourite tenor’ also often referred to as ‘West End and Broadway Royalty’ has almost 3 decades of a whirlwind career under his belt so far. The Grammy nominated star has won a Tony Award, multiple Classical Brit Awards, a Silver Clef Award to name but a few.

Alfie’s recording career has not only acquired him eleven top 10 albums including two number 1’s but numerous sold-out headline tours in the UK as a solo artist and as part of his duo act with Michael Ball ‘Ball and Boe’. He also sold out a US tour with Classic Quadrophenia alongside Pete Townsend, Vegas with his solo ‘Showstoppers’ debut and ‘Lights On Broadway’ that he headlined in Japan.

Boe’s spellbinding voice has led him to some of the world’s most prestigious stages. From The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee to the balcony at Buckingham Palace, The Horse Guards Parade for VE Day 70, multiple shows at The Royal Albert Hall, Opera Houses around the world, Theatre stages in The West End and Broadway, U.S Memorial Day at The West Lawn in Washington and many more. A firm favourite of The Royal Family, Alfie also released the official Platinum Jubilee National Anthem as a duet with Sarah Brightman.

Alfie progressed from singing Arias on the factory floor underneath cars during his apprenticeship as a mechanic in his home town, to receiving a place at The Royal College Of Music followed by The National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House.

It was the moment the legendary Baz Luhrmann discovered him where things really started to propel. He landed his first Broadway role in La Boheme which resulted in him winning his Tony award. Alfie went on to play Alfredo in La Traviata, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutti, J. M. Barrie in Finding Neverland on Broadway, The Mikado, Billy Bigelow in Carousel, and the role he is best known for, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.

Alfie’s spine-tingling rendition of ‘Bring Him Home’ continues to blow audiences away. He has played Jean Valjean in the West End and Broadway as well as celebrating the show’s 25th Anniversary at London’s O2 Arena and most recently, The All-Stars Concert version of the show alongside Michael Ball and Matt Lucas.

Alfie’s recording career took off when he was initially signed in 2006 by Classic FM where he released his first album. He then moved to EMI Records and Decca Universal where he went on to become one of the big success stories and acquired his multiple platinum sales and ten top 10 records. In 2016 he partnered with friend Michael Ball, (who he met on the set of Kismet) to form the duo ‘Ball and Boe’. The pair released a Number 1, double platinum album ‘Together’ followed by an equally successful release of ‘Together Again’. They have since had another 3 chart topping records and continue to sell out Arena tours across the UK.

In 2023 Alfie released his most recent solo album ‘Open Arms, The Symphonic Songbook’ on BMG Records. An eleventh top 10 record that showcases an eclectic mix of power ballads accompanied by beautiful orchestral arrangements. He sold out a headline solo tour in the UK and released a Sunday Times Bestselling Memoir book ‘Face The Music’. This followed his appearance in BBC1’s Freeze The Fear with Whim Hoff where fans really grasped an insight to his personal journey. Alfie is set to go back on the road in May this year for his Encore tour.

Jean Valjean

Killian
Donnelly

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Donnelly

Jean Valjean
PERFORMANCE DATES

Killian Donnelly and Bradley Jaden will play the roles of Jean Valjean and Javert respectively at the following locations and dates:
Belfast: 21 & 28 Sep at 2.30pm, 24 Sep at 7.30pm
Glasgow: 5 Oct at 7.30pm, 6 Oct at 1pm
Sheffield: 12 Oct at 7.30pm, 13 Oct at 1pm
Aberdeen: 19 Oct at 7.30pm, 20 Oct at 1pm
Manchester: 26 & 28 Dec at 7.30pm, 27 Dec at 2pm
Newcastle: 4 Jan at 7.30pm, 5 Jan at 12.30pm

BIOGRAPHY

Killian Donnelly has just finished playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre, having previously played the role to critical acclaim in both the West End production and the sell-out UK and Ireland tour. Killian recently played Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home at Gate Theatre, Dublin. His other theatre credits include the role of The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera at His Majesty’s Theatre,  Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, a role he originated at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 2015, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, and Huey in the original London cast of Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre for which he was also nominated for an Olivier Award.  He created the role of Deco in The Commitments at the Palace Theatre and has also played Tony in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace Theatre, as well as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. He first joined the West End company of Les Misérables in 2008, going on to play the role of Enjolras from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, he played the role of Courfeyrac in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at The O2 Arena and also played the role of Combeferre in the multi-award-winning film, which was re-released in cinemas in February 2024 to mark its 10th Anniversary.

Javert

Bradley
Jaden

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Jaden

Javert
PERFORMANCE DATES

Bradley Jaden and Killian Donnelly will play the roles of Javert and Jean Valjean respectively at the following locations and dates:
Belfast: 21 & 28 Sep at 2.30pm, 24 Sep at 7.30pm
Glasgow: 5 Oct at 7.30pm, 6 Oct at 1pm
Sheffield: 12 Oct at 7.30pm, 13 Oct at 1pm
Aberdeen: 19 Oct at 7.30pm, 20 Oct at 1pm
Manchester: 26 & 28 Dec at 7.30pm, 27 Dec at 2pm
Newcastle: 4 Jan at 7.30pm, 5 Jan at 12.30pm

BIOGRAPHY

Bradley Jaden recently received rave reviews for his performance in Stephen Sondheim’s Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre. He also appeared as Raoul in Broadway Italia’s brand new production of The Phantom of the Opera in Trieste and most notably as Javert in Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre, a role he also played in the final cast of the musical at the Queen’s Theatre. Prior to that he starred as Enjolras in the concert staging of the production at the Gielgud Theatre. His other West End credits include appearing in the Gala cast of Old Friends at the Sondheim Theatre, Fiyero in Wicked at the Victoria Apollo Theatre, Thomas Percy in Treason: The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Sir Lancelot in Camelot in Concert at the London Palladium, the UK tour of Ghost The Musical and Shrek The Musical at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

His TV credits include Emmerdale on ITV, Sugar Rush on Channel 4, and most recently EastEnders on BBC One.

Concept, Book & Original French Lyrics

Alain Boublil

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Alain Boublil

Concept, Book & Original French Lyrics

Alain Boublil is the author of the librettos and lyrics for the musicals La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen, all in collaboration with Claude-Michel Schönberg, as well as Marguerite with music by Michel Legrand. He co-wrote the screenplay of the Golden Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated film Les Misérables. He is the author/lyricist of ABBAcadabra, a fairy tale musical with songs by ABBA; of the stage adaptation of the Demy/Legrand film Les Demoiselles de Rochefort; as well as author of the plays The Diary of Adam and Eve and Manhattan Parisienne, a new work with classic and new songs, being rewritten and soon to reopen with a new title. He wrote a prize-winning French novel, Les Dessous de soi.

His many awards include two Tonys, two Grammys, two Victoire de la Musique and a Molière Award for Les Misérables, as well as an Evening Standard Drama Award for Miss Saigon, a Laurence Olivier Award for Martin Guerre and a New York Chapter Honors Grammy for his outstanding contribution to the creative community. Boublil and Schönberg’s 40-plus-year collaboration was celebrated in May 2016 at Carnegie Hall as honorees of the New York Pops’ 33rd birthday gala. Boublil was recently appointed to the board of directors of the New York Pops. He lives in New York with his wife, actress/singer Marie Zamora, and is the father of four sons.

Producer

Cameron Mackintosh

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Cameron Mackintosh

Producer

Cameron Mackintosh has been producing shows since 1967 and remains the world’s most prolific producer of musicals in theatre history.

As well as producing three of the world’s longest running musicals – Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats – his legendary productions also include Miss Saigon, Oliver!, Mary Poppins (co-produced with Disney), Side By Side By Sondheim, Little Shop of Horrors, The Witches of Eastwick and Five Guys Named Moe. He has produced several hugely acclaimed revivals of My Fair Lady, Oklahoma! and Carousel as well as reinventing long running new productions of Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera and Oliver! Cameron is also co-producer with Jeffrey Seller of Hamilton in London and on Tour in the UK and recently presented the joyous Sondheim musical celebration Old Friends in the West End (with a terrific cast headed by legends Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga) that will soon arrive on Broadway.

In 2012, alongside Working Title Films and Universal, Cameron produced the hugely successful Oscar®, Golden Globe and BAFTA award-winning film adaptation of Les Misérables, which is one of the most successful movies ever of an original stage musical. To celebrate over 10 years since its release, the movie has been remixed and recently re-released in full Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision in selected cinemas around the world, as well as a new home vision 4K Blu-ray disc and iTunes download version of the film.

The staged concert version of Les Misérables has proved to be just as successful as the original musical and is returning this autumn to stadiums and stages around the world in a much-anticipated spectacular Arena Tour – which is already mostly sold out in the UK. The concert version of Les Misérables has been filmed three times – at the Royal Albert Hall, the O2 Arena and the Gielgud Theatre – and is continually rescreened on TV and in cinemas throughout the world and, alongside his spectacular Royal Albert Hall production of The Phantom of the Opera, regularly breaks attendance records for live recording performances of musical theatre.

Cameron owns and operates eight historic London theatres, which have all been spectacularly rebuilt and refurbished for the 21st century. They house many of London’s most successful hits. The Sondheim, formerly known as the Queen’s, now has a glorious auditorium and backstage and has been renamed in honour of Cameron’s great friend, theatrical legend Stephen Sondheim, who passed away in 2021. The last show he and Cameron were working on, Old Friends, had an all-star gala premiere at the Sondheim Theatre in 2022 and was later screened on BBC TV.

In 1990, Cameron inaugurated the Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College in Oxford University, with Stephen Sondheim as his visiting professor. The current Professor is world-renowned director, Gregory Doran. Music Theatre International, one of the world’s oldest and largest libraries of secondary rights of the greatest musicals ever written, is now one of Cameron’s companies.

Cameron was knighted in the 1996 New Year’s Honours for his services to British theatre and in June 2023, was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. He is the first British producer ever to be elected to Broadway’s Theater Hall of Fame.

Book & Music

Claude-Michel Schönberg

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Claude-Michel Schönberg

Book & Music

Born in 1944 of Hungarian parents, Claude-Michel Schönberg began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs. In collaboration with Alain Boublil, he is the book co-writer and the composer of La Révolution Française, Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, Martin Guerre and The Pirate Queen. In 2008, his musical Marguerite, in collaboration with Alain Boublil, Michel Legrand and Herbert Kretzmer, opened at the Haymarket Theatre in London. Claude-Michel has supervised overseas productions and co-produced several international cast albums of his shows. In 2001, he composed his first ballet score, Wuthering Heights, which was created by the Northern Ballet in 2002. His ballet Cleopatra, which opened in 2011, was his second collaboration with David Nixon and his seventh complete score. In 2012, Claude-Michel co-wrote the screenplay and re-conceived the music for the Les Misérables musical movie. His shows have won many awards over the years, most recently the WhatsOnStage Audience Awards for Best West End Show and Best Musical Revival for the London production of Miss Saigon. Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and Grammy Award winner for his outstanding contribution to the creative community, Mr Schönberg and Alain Boublil were honoured at a New York Pops gala concert in Carnegie Hall, celebrating their 40-year collaboration. Mr Schönberg was appointed visiting professor of contemporary theatre at St Catherine’s College, Oxford University – a position funded by the Mackintosh Foundation – and is now an emeritus fellow. He is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music where he is a guest professor. Mr Schönberg married the English ballerina Charlotte Talbot in 2003. He is the father of one son and two daughters

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer

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Herbert Kretzmer

Lyricist

Herbert Kretzmer was born in South Africa where he began a career in journalism, writing the commentary for a weekly cinema newsreel. He lived in London from 1954, pursuing twin careers as newspaperman and songwriter. He joined the Daily Express in 1960 and later became its senior drama critic, a post he held for 18 years. He later won two national press awards as the television critic for the Daily Mail. As a lyricist, he wrote weekly songs for That Was the Week That Was. He won an Ivor Novello Award for the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comedy song ‘Goodness Gracious Me’. Other award-winning lyrics include two songs written with, and for, Charles Aznavour: ‘Yesterday When I Was Young’ and the chart-topping ‘She’. He wrote the book and lyrics for the West End musical Our Man Crichton, starring Kenneth More and Millicent Martin, and the lyrics for The Four Musketeers, starring Harry Secombe as D’Artagnan. He also collaborated with Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson (ABBA), Anthony Newley and Michel Legrand. Kretzmer was the recipient of two honorary doctorates and was appointed OBE in 2010.

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