Karimloo, Shannon and Rauch as Valjean in Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre
As Ramin Karimloo Extends his Run, David Shannon and Géronimo Rauch Replace him Respectively throughout 2012 and 2013
A casting announcement has emerged for the long running production of “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre with Ramin Karimloo, who currently portrays Jean Valjean, extending his stay until the end of March. He is set to be replaced by two experienced performers such as West End regular David Shannon and Argentinean star Géronimo Rauch, the former from April to June and the latter from June to 2013.
Though Karimloo is the outgoing star and had previously been seen in the long-running production prior to his current engagement, his London stage work is perhaps defined by his portrayal of the Phantom in the West End. He took on the role in “Phantom of the Opera” at Her Majesty’s Theatre and also in the show’s sequel “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre. But he has other credits as well; in 2005 he was seen in “Miss Saigon” on a national tour, in 2010 he appeared in “The Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Show” and he also made an appearance in the movie version of “The Phantom of the Opera” as Gustave Daaé.
His follow up as Jean Valjean, David Shannon, has also previously appeared in the long running musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre, whilst also completing a previous run as Valjean at the Queen’s Theatre. However, he has also accumulated other credits to ensure he brings plenty of experience to the stage, with appearances in “Miss Saigon” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and his Laurence Olivier Award-nominated turn in “The Beautiful Game” in the West End.
“Les Misérables” is a musical based on the classic book by Victor Hugo and is set in a time of revolutionary struggle during the 19th century. We meet Jean Valjean as he is released from prison and returns to the community only to find himself shunned and forced to take refuge with a priest. It is this priest that covers for him when he is caught stealing silver, but it is not enough to convince Police Inspector Javert, who seeks to return him to jail for violation of parole, in a cat and mouse chase that spans two decades.
Though Géronimo Rauch is set to portray Valjean until Saturday 15th June 2013, “Les Miserables” is only currently taking bookings at the Queen’s Theatre until Saturday 27th October 2012.