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Danielle Hope will star as ‘Eponine’ and Tam Mutu will star as ‘Javert’ in the legendary musical Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre from Monday 18 June. They join the previously announced Gerónimo Rauch, who will star as ‘Jean Valjean’. Further casting to be announced.

Danielle Hope made her professional debut as ‘Dorothy’ in “The Wizard of Oz” at the London Palladium after winning the BBC’s smash hit “Over the Rainbow”, having competed against over 9,000 girls. Following her success on “Over the Rainbow”, Danielle also released a single of the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ in aid of the BBC Performing Arts Fund and Prostate UK. During her studies, Danielle performed at a number of dance festivals including the BBC African Dance Project at Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.

Tam Mutu most recently played the role of ‘The Phantom’ in “Love Never Dies”. Other theatre credits include “Faustus” for Headlong Theatre Company, “The Royal Hunt of the Sun”, “Love’s Labour’s Lost”, “Anything Goes” and “South Pacific”, all at the National Theatre, “Orange Peel” at the Royal Court Theatre, “East” at Leicester Haymarket, “Romeo and Juliet” and “King Lear” at the Royal Shakespeare Company, “As You Like it”, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Oh What a Lovely War” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, and “Les Misérables” at the Palace Theatre.

As well as celebrating its 25th Birthday in October 2010, the legendary musical Les Miserables made theatrical history with an international first - three different productions playing in London simultaneously. The Original Production at the Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, the acclaimed New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican (where the show originally premiered in 1985) and the celebratory concert at The O2.
The magnificent score of Les Miserables includes the songs, “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars”, “Bring Him Home”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “One Day More”, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, “Master Of The House” and many more.

Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004. When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World’s Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in London’s West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.

Seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, Les Miserables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals ever written, with new productions continually opening around the globe, with seven more currently scheduled. There have been 36 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast recording, the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums and the recently released live recording of the New 25th Anniversary Production. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold millions of copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos ever in the UK.

There are over 2,500 productions of the Les Misérables School’s Edition scheduled or being performed by over 125,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools. Shooting for the film of Les Miserables starts in March and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway,  Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title and Universal Studios and is directed by Tom Hooper

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Miserables 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 and additional material by James Fenton. The original London 1985 production of Les Miserables was adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

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[posted 09/03/2012]

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