Danielle Hope in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre
Former Dorothy Swaps the Land of Oz for Napoleonic France in the West End from June 2012
She is known to London theatre audiences for her portrayal of Dorothy in the West End version of “The Wizard of Oz”, a role she shared with Sophie Evans, her runner up in the “Over the Rainbow” talent search for the BBC. However, having stepped down from the part in February it has now been revealed that Danielle Hope will be taking on the role of Eponine in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre.
Eponine is a love-sick woman in Victor Hugo’s classic “Les Misérables”, the musical version of which has been running in the West End since 1985 (and since 2004 at the Queen’s Theatre), and she inhabits a world also filled with Police Inspector Javert and ex-con Jean Valjean. The latter two characters will be portrayed by Tam Mutu and Géronimo Rauch when Hope heads to the stage, meaning that they will be portraying the cat and mouse chase that is at the centre of the story – a cat and mouse chase that span two decades. Prior to their arrival Ramin Karimloo portrays Jean Valjean, with David Shannon another of the new actors set to take on the role.
Danielle Hope came to the public attention when she took part in “Over the Rainbow”, the most recent version of the BBC’s talent search for a West End star (previous version of which included “Any Dream Will Do” and “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” She went on to win the role of Dorothy, with Sophie Evans her runner-up, and portrayed the part in “The Wizard of Oz” at the London Palladium until last month. She has also released a single of her version of “Over the Rainbow” made famous by the show.
Though it has previously been reported that Géronimo Rauch is set to portray Valjean until Saturday 15th June 2013, “Les Misérables” is only currently taking bookings at the Queen’s Theatre until Saturday 27th October 2012. However, the show regularly extends its booking period so it is likely to do this again in the near future.