New casting for Les Misérables has been announced today with two spectacular stars taking the role of Jean Valjean consecutively. Swedish star Peter Jöback will star in the role from Tuesday 13th February until Saturday 9th March when Dutch artist Milan Van Waardenburg will then take over the role from Monday 11th March. Killian Donnelly’s final performance as Jean Valjean will be Saturday 10 February 2024.
Peter Jöback returns to the West End making his Jean Valjean and Les Misérables debut at the Sondheim Theatre. For Cameron Mackintosh, previous theatre credits include Chris in Miss Saigon and Michael in The Witches of Eastwick both at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera both in the West End and on Broadway, where he led the 30th anniversary Broadway cast. He also originated the role of Robert in Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’ musical Kristina at the Malmö Opera. As an internationally successful actor and crossover artist Peter has achieved multiplatinum record sales and tours in Scandinavia and beyond. He is also the Swedish voiceover in hit films such as Aladdin, Stuart Little, and more recently as King Magnifico in Disney’s Wish.
Milan van Waardenburg will be making his West End debut having recently led the award-winning Netherlands and Belgium production of Les Misérables as Jean Valjean, receiving critical acclaim and a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical in the 2022 Dutch Musical Awards. Milan’s previous theatre credits include the role of Prince Hans in Disney’s Frozen in Germany, Dimitri in Anastasia both in Germany and The Netherlands, Lieutenant Frederic Charles and Quasimodo in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Herbert in Tanz der Vampire, both on tour across Germany.
Les Misérables currently stars Bradley Jaden as Javert until 27 January (with Stewart Clarke returning to the role from 29 January 2024), Katie Hall as Fantine, Will Callan as Marius, Amena El-Kindy as Éponine, Lulu-Mae Pears as Cosette, Luke Kempner as Thénardier, Claire Machin as Madame Thénardier and Djavan van de Fliert as Enjolras.
The company is completed by Annabelle Aquino, Hazel Baldwin, Brad Barnley, Michael Baxter, Emily Olive Boyd, Rosy Church, Ben Culleton, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Sophie-May Feek, Matt Hayden, Tom Hext, Christopher Jacobsen, Jessica Johns-Parsons, Yazmin King, Sam Kipling, Anouk van Laake, Harry Lake, Sarah Lark, Ellie Ann Lowe, Ben Oatley, Adam Pearce, Jordan Simon Pollard, Jonathan Stevens, Phoebe Williams and Ollie Wray.