As rehearsals begin for Les Misérables – The Staged Concert, it has been announced that Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas will complete the principal casting as Éponine and Cosette respectively. They join the previously announced Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, Rob Houchen as Marius, Bradley Jaden as Enjolras, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier and, for three performances a week, John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean.
This spectacular staging of the legendary concert, with a company of more than 65, will run from 10 August to 30 November 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre, next door to the home of Les Misérables at the recently re-named Sondheim Theatre, previously the Queen’s.
The company also includes Rosanna Bates, Adam Bayjou, Ciarán Bowling, Simon Bowman, Oliver Brenin, Earl Carpenter, Vinny Coyle, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Nicola Espallardo,Celia Graham, Barnaby Hughes, Holly-Anne Hull, Oliver Jackson, Christopher Jacobsen, Gavin James, Will Jennings, Ciaran Joyce, Katie Kerr, Sarah Lark, Joanna Loxton, Craig Mather,Stephen Matthews, James Nicholson, Rosa O’Reilly, Claire Parrish, Sophie Reeves, Grainne Renihan, Leo Roberts, Raymond Walsh, Gemma Wardle and Andrew York.
Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel with additional material by James Fenton and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Produced on stage by Cameron Mackintosh, Les Misérables is the world’s longest-running musical now in its 35th year in London. Produced on screen also by Mackintosh (along with Working Title and Universal), Les Misérables is now the most successful movie of an original stage musical. The new production of Les Misérables, with a separate company, is currently on a sold-out international tour which has recently been extended to autumn 2020.
Shan Ako will make her West End theatre debut in the role of Éponine. As a Brit School graduate, her performance credits include the Pre-MOBO Awards at Cadogan Hall, London Jazz Festival at the Barbican, touring the UK and Europe playing the lead role in Whitney Queen of the Night, as well as being seen on the live finals of X Factor and the subsequent 2019 X Factor National Arena Tour. Ako was also the recipient of the Project Aloft Star for emerging artists, run by Starwood Hotel Group and BBC Radio 1.
Lily Kerhoas, who is currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music, will make her West End stage debut as Cosette. Having begun her professional career in New York in the Barely Legal Extravaganza Concert with composers Sam Carner and Dereck Gregor, Kerhoas has performed internationally in shows including Barbe Bleue, Seasons and Hello Girls! as well as in concert with American composers including Joel B. New, Peter Mills, Jill Santoriello, Elaine Pechacek and John Bucchino. During her time at the Royal Academy of Music, her performance credits include Merrily We Roll Along, Hello Again and The Wild Party.