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Ian Hughes takes over the role of Thénardier in Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre

Ian Hughes

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IAN Hughes, who recently took over the role of Thénardier to great acclaim in the current sell-out UK and International tour of Les Misérables, will now join the London company to partner Josefina Gabrielle (Madame Thénardier) from today, Friday, January 10, 2020.

He will continue in the role until the end of February when Gerard Carey is expected to return to the role as originally announced having over the past few weeks been on complete rest to avoid any long-term damage to his vocal chords – sustained after contracting pneumonia.

Matt Lucas who originally stepped in to play Thénardier, has had to withdraw from the production having sustained a back injury.

Ian Hughes was the first recipient of the Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Torquato Tasso and has appeared in the West End productions of Guys and Dolls at the Savoy Theatre, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre. His many credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, The Winter’s Tale and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Cameron Mackintosh said: “To lose one master of the house is unfortunate and two perhaps careless! I am delighted to be bringing Ian Hughes to the wonderful London Company to partner Josefina Gabrielle in order that Les Misérables can officially open at the Sondheim Theatre next week as planned. I am sure it will be third time lucky! I am so grateful to Matt Lucas who abandoned his holiday plans to help us out and am looking forward to welcoming back Gerard to the Company at the end of February. I wish them both speedy recoveries.”

Hughes will be out of the Les Misérables tour during the upcoming 5-week engagement at Theater 11 Zurich and will return to the tour when the production opens in Norwich at the beginning of March. The role of Thénardier for the run in Zurich will be played by Cameron Blakely.

The cast of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre also features Jon Robyns as ‘Jean Valjean’, Bradley Jaden as ‘Javert’, Carrie Hope Fletcher as ‘Fantine’, Shan Ako as ‘Eponine’, Josefina Gabrielle as ‘Madame Thénardier’, Harry Apps as ‘Marius’, Ashley Gilmour as ‘Enjolras’ and Lily Kerhoas as ‘Cosette’.

Rachelle Ann Go will return to the role of ‘Fantine’ for seven weeks in the Spring and will take over the role next Summer.

They are joined by Kelly Agbowu, Ciaran Bowling, Richard Carson, Cellen Chugg Jones, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Harry Dunnett, Jessie Hart, Jessica Joslin, Sarah Lark, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Claire O’Leary, Shane O’Riordan, Kathy Peacock, Sam Peggs, Mark Pearce, Emma Warren, Sake Wijers, Mared Williams and Samuel Wyn-Morris.

Les Misérables officially opens at the Sondheim Theatre on January 16, 2020.