It’s been an eventful beginning to the New Year with major cast changes in Les Miserables and Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera soon to be having a new Phantom, and with Cats and Elf closing in the West End.
Carrie Hope Fletcher and Rob Houchen who play Eponine and Marius in Les Miserables have announced their departure from the show on the 13th February after two and a half years there. Houchen will be replaced by Craig Mather and Fletcher by Danielle Hope (from 15th February to 2nd April) and Eva Noblezada (from 4th April). As previously announced, Rachelle Ann Go will leave on 30th January also and the role of Fantine will be taken over by Patrice Dipoki.
We’ll be getting a completely new line up of the Four Seasons. Michael Watson, Jon Boydon, Gary Watson and Edd Post have announced they will be leaving their roles as Frankie Valli, Tommy DeVito, Nick Massi and Bob Gaudio in Jersey Boys on 13th March. Also leaving the cast is Sandy Moffat who plays Frankie at certain performances.
John Owen-Jones is currently playing the Phantom in Phantom of the Opera. The role is very soon to be taken over by Ben Forster who had recently appeared in Elf the Musical at the Dominion Theatre and The Rocky Horror Show at the Playhouse Theatre. Owen-Jones’ last performance will be on 30th January.
Casting has also been announced for The End of Longing which will be showing at the Playhouse Theatre from 2nd February to 14th May. Matthew Perry will star in his own creation, alongside him will be Christina Cole, Jennifer Mudge and Lloyd Owen.