The West End production of Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre is getting a major cast overhaul. Just in time to capitalise on the critical raves being afforded the big-screen version of Boublil & Schönberg’s mega-musical, Celinde Schoenmaker (left) will take on the role of Fantine from 14 January, with Vicky Entwistle playing Madame Thénardier, Jamie Ward (right) playing Marius and Christopher Jacobsen playing Enjolras from 28 January.
Gerónimo Rauch will continue to star as Jean Valjean, Tam Mutu as Javert, Danielle Hope as Eponine, Samantha Dorsey as Cosette and Cameron Blakely as Monsieur Thenardier.
Schoenmaker is making her West End debut in the role of Fantine, having recently graduated from Fontys Conservatoire Tilburg in The Netherlands.
Entwistle is best known as Janice Battersby in ITV soap Coronation Street, a part she played for 13 years. Her recent stage credits include the 2012 tour of Funny Peculiar, the UK tour of The Vagina Monologues and the role of the Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Ward’s recent theatre credits include a workshop of Antony and Cleopatra starring Cate Blanchett with the Sydney Theatre Company, Young Zhivago in the world premiere of Doctor Zhivago at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney and Hanschen in the Australian Premiere of Spring Awakening with the Sydney Theatre Company.
Jacobsen covered the role of Jean Valjean in the New 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables on tour in 2010, and recently revisited the role again at the Queen's Theatre. His other theatre credits include Tony Canolino in Master Class at Theatre Royal Bath.
Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The music is by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The original French text is by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel with additional material by James Fenton.