Killian Donnelly & Carley Stenson leads new Les Misérables cast

Killian Donnelly & Carley Stenson leads new Les Misérables cast

Updated On: May 1, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Killian Donnelly and Carley Stenson will join the London cast of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre from Monday 12 June 2017, now in its record breaking 33rd year.

    Killian Donnelly
    will star as ‘Jean Valjean’. He joins Les Misérables fresh from Broadway where he is currently playing the lead role of ‘Charlie Price’ in Kinky Boots; a role he originated at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 2015, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His other theatre credits include Donegal (Abbey Theatre, Dublin), 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 at The O2 Arena and also played the role of ‘Combeferre’ in the multi-award-winning film of the show, released in 2012.

    West End leading lady and former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson, will join the company as ‘Fantine’. Stenson’s West End credits include ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde, ‘Princess Fiona’ in Shrek The Musical and ‘Lady of the Lake’ in Spamalot. Carley also starred as ‘Christine Colgate’ in the tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She is probably best known for playing the regular role of ‘Steph Cunningham’ in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, for which she was nominated for several awards during her 10 years with the show.

    Hayden Tee returns to play ‘Javert’ from 17 July having performed the role at The Queen’s Theatre until 22 April this year. He has previously played the role on Broadway and in Dubai. He has also previously played the role of ‘Marius’. His other theatre credits include South Pacific, Little Women, Titanic, Cats and Into the Woods.

    Also joining the company are Steven Meo as ‘Thénardier’; Karis Jack as ‘Eponine’, Jacqueline Tate as ‘Madame Thénardier’ and Hyoie O’Grady as ‘Enjolras’. Paul Wilkins will continue in the role of ‘Marius’ and Charlotte Kennedy will continue in the role of ‘Cosette’ having both originally joined the company in 2015.

    From 17 July 2017 the full company will be: Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou; Oliver Brenin; Ciarán Bowling; Hugo Chiarella; Andy Conaghan; Killian Donnelly; Alice Ellen Wright; Sophie-May Feek; Hyoie O’Grady; Catherine Hannay; Antony Hansen; Holly-Anne Hull; James Hume; Karis Jack; Ciaran Joyce; Charlotte Kennedy; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Jo Loxton; John Lumsden; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Jonny Purchase; Lauren Soley; Carley Stenson; Jacqueline Tate; Shaq Taylor; George Tebbutt; Hayden Tee; Lee Van Geleen; Danny Whitehead and Paul Wilkins.

    Steven Meo’s previous theatre credits include Pride & Prejudice (Regents Park Open Air Theatre/UK tour), The Taming of the Shrew, Boeing Boeing, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog (Theatre Clwyd), The Distance (Sheffield Crucible/Orange Tree Theatre) and Flesh and Blood (Hampstead Theatre and on tour).

    Karis Jack’s theatre credits include The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Theatre Royal, Stratford East & Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Baddies: The Musical (Unicorn Theatre), Hairspray (Curve Leicester/ UK tour), Little Shop of Horrors (Salisbury Playhouse/Mercury Theatre), and Urinetown: The Musical (Apollo Theatre/St James Theatre).

    Jacqueline Tate’s previous theatre credits include: Allegro (Southwark Playhouse), Avenue Q (Wyndham’s Theatre, Gielgud Theatre and national tour), South Pacific (Barbican Theatre/ UK tour), The Phantom of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre), and My Fair Lady and Evita on international tour.

    Hyoie O’Grady is making his professional and West End debut in Les Misérables.

    Paul Wilkins has previously played the role of ‘Marius’ in Les Misérables in Manila, Singapore and Dubai. He made his West End debut in Les Misérables in 2015.

    Charlotte Kennedy made her West End debut in Les Misérables in 2015.  She has also appeared in Elaine Paige in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

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