Caroline Shen and Alexia Khadime join Les Miserables
Cast Changes for the West End’s Longest Running Musical
It is the turn of “Les Miserables” to gain a cast overhaul today as it announces some new names to be joining its cast at its home at the Queen’s Theatre. The London theatre show will retain some of the previously announced cast members such as Alfie Boe, Hadley Fraser and Matt Lucas, whilst adding an abundance of other names. The show is currently booking in the West End until Saturday 29th October 2011, having celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.
Caroline Sheen is one of the names that has been added to the cat list and will play Fantine in the production. Sheen is a Welsh actress who has been seen in a wide range of west end shows and this includes a previous stint in “Les Miserables” when she took on the role of Eponine whilst the show was at its previous home of the Palace Theatre. Her other credits include “The Witches of Eastwick” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at the London Palladium and “Once in a Lifetime” at The National Theatre, in addition to work on television and across the United Kingdom.
Alexia Khadime is another name that has been added to the cast and will play Eponine onstage. Khadime is best known for her appearances in both “The Lion King” at the Lyceum Theatre and “Wicked” at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in which she portrayed Nala and Elphaba respectively. Her other London theatre credits include “Welcome to Thebes” at the Ntional Theatre and “Ordinary Days” at Trafalgar Studios, though her role as the Wicked Witch of the West in “Wicked” has brought her the most attention up to her departure last year.
Other names that have joined “Les Miserables” include Craig Mather, Katy Secombe, Liam Tamne, Lisa-Anne Wood.
“Les Miserables” follows the lives of various different people in Napoleonic France for twenty years, with the lead role that of Jean Valjean. He is a prisoner at the beginning of the show and subsequently released into the local community, where he is shunned by all those around him. He lands in hot water when caught thieving silver and this sparks a cat and mouse chase for twenty years between himself and the determined Inspector Javert.
“Les Miserables” is at the Queen’s Theatre and is currently booking to Saturday 29th October 2011.