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David Langham in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre

Tuesday, 10th May 2016  

Once again it is the turn of Les Misérables to poke its head into the spotlight as it announces a new cast from next month. The long-running musical will be gaining a new Thenardier, and Enjolaras alongside a wealth of supporting cast members as it continues to entertain the crowds at the Queen’s Theatre.

David Langham takes on the mentioned role of Thenardier, with Chris Cowley as Enjolras and they both join a production that has become the most famous musical in the West End and definitely the longest-running.

It is set in Paris in the early days of the 19th century and against this Napoleonic backdrop we meet the character of Jean Valjean, an ex con struggling to make it in the outside world. When he becomes embroiled in a parole violation he is pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert. During the course of the show we explore the lives of many characters as this cat and mouse chase takes place across two decades.

The popular musical opened in London in 1985, beginning at the Barbican and transferring to the Palace Theatre. It found its current home of the Queen’s Theatre in 2004 and has since become the capital’s longest running musical. If not for the play The Mousetrap (which has been playing in the West End for over 60 years) it would also be the longest running show altogether.

And with that in mind David Langham enters a historical part of the West End when he takes on the role of Thenardier. The actor has made appearances in the West End before in shows like New Edna: The Spectacle at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, Closer To Heaven at the Arts Theatre and Snow White And The Seven Dwarves at the Victoria Palace Theatre. Meanwhile, he has also made an impression in regional theatre productions and on touring versions of well known musicals (such as Spamalot).

Other cast members joining the cast of Les Miserables from Monday 13th June 2016 include Thomas Aldridge, Oliver Brenin, Andy Conaghan, Rachelle Ann Go and Peter Lockyer, amongst many others.

The production continues at the Queen’s Theatre, where it will likely remain for many years to come.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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