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David Thaxton makes Les Mis return

Published 21 May 2014

Olivier Award winner David Thaxton will return to the cast of Les Misérables next month when he takes on the role of Javert in the long-running musical at the Queen’s Theatre.

Thaxton, who won the 2011 Best Actor in a Musical accolade for his performance in Passion at the Donmar Warehouse, will return to the French Revolution-set show from 16 June having previously played the role of Enjolras in 2008.

The musical theatre regular will be joined in the cast by two performers who are already well-acquainted with their roles. Former West End cast member Celinde Schoenmaker will return to the role of Fantine after making her West End debut in the production in 2013, while Peter Lockyer, who played Jean Valjean in the North American tour of Les Misérables, will reprise his role as the ex-convict who seeks redemption in Victor Hugo’s classic tale.

Other new cast members include former Over The Rainbow finalist Emilie Fleming, Tom Edden, who appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway, and West End debutant Michael Colbourne. The trio will play Cosette, Thénardier and Enjolras respectively.

Current cast members Rob Houchen, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Wendy Ferguson will continue in their roles.

Featuring an iconic score including On My Own, One Day More, and Do You Hear The People Sing?, Les Misérables is set amid the social and political struggles of 19th century France and follows former prisoner Valjean through the decades that he is pursued by his nemesis Javert.

The musical, which took home the BBC Radio 2 Audience Award at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard, has now been seen by more than 65 million people worldwide and is currently booking at the Queen’s Theatre until 25 April 2015.

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