Killian Donnelly will play Jean Valjean in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the Boublil and Schönberg musical Les Misérables.
Donnelly is currently playing the role in the West End production of Les Misérables, where his final performance will be Saturday 9 June 2018.
Prior to his run in the show, he played the role of 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.
Further dates for the tour are also announced today. Opening at Curve Leicester for an already sold out season from 3 to 24 November 2018 (press night is 14 November), before playing the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin (5 December 2018 to 12 January 2019), Festival Theatre Edinburgh (22 January to 16 February 2019) and Manchester Palace Theatre (19 February to 30 March 2019), the show will also play Birmingham Hippodrome (2 April to 11 May 2019), Milton Keynes Theatre (14 May to 8 June 2019) and Newcastle Theatre Royal (15 August to 5 October 2019).
Cameron Mackintosh, who first conceived this new production of Les Misérables to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary in 2009, said:
“When I announced the first UK tour of Les Misérables for ten years, I was really delighted that Killian said to me that he would like to continue playing Jean Valjean. No stranger to the original production, having played both Enjolras and Valjean with enormous success, his passionate take on the role will be even greater in the thrilling staging of my new production which has proved to be a worldwide success all over again. He is the first Irishman to play the role since Colm Wilkinson in the original and I’m delighted that from advance bookings, this new tour looks set to be sold out before we open.”
Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton and original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
The production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo with costumes by Andreane Neofitou and additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Mick Potter, musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt, projections by Fifty-Nine Productions and music supervision by Stephen Brooker and Graham Hurman.
Killian Donnelly’s other theatre credits include: Jackie Day in Donegal, a new play by Frank McGuinness, at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin 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 company of Les Misérables in 2008, going onto 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 of the show, released in 2012.