The LES MISERABLES London cast just started a new Q & A series with cast members at the Queens Theatre called "Beyond the Barricade." In this video, David Shannon (Jean Val Jean) answers fan questions, elaborating on his past work experience, challenges in the show, and embarrassing moments on stage.
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David Shannon has previously played ‘Jean Valjean’ in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre. His other West End credits include ‘The Phantom’ in “The Phantom of the Opera”, creating the role of ‘John’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Beautiful Game”, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, ‘Chris’ in “Miss Saigon” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, ‘The Man’ in “Whistle Down The Wind”, ‘Rum Tum Tugger’ in “Cats” and ‘Guillaume’ in “Martin Guerre”. He also received critical acclaim for playing the title role in ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Gate Theatre in Dublin and most recently played Judas in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall in Dublin.
The current West End company also includes Hadley Fraser as ‘Javert’, Caroline Sheen as ‘Fantine’, Alexia Khadime as ‘Eponine’, Craig Mather as ‘Marius’, Cameron Blakely as ‘Thénardier’, Katy Secombe as ‘Madame Thénardier’, Liam Tamne as ‘Enjolras’ and Lisa-Anne Wood as ‘Cosette’.
LES MISERABLES originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004. When LES MISÉRABLES celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by "Cats" in London's West End. In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.