Friday, November 15

Killian Donnelly to lead new cast in new Phantom of the Opera Tour

Killian Donnelly is to  play the masked composer in a new touring production of The Phantom Of The Opera. He ends his very successful run as Jean Valjean in a tour of Les Miserables in Southampton tomorrow night. Prior to this ,he originated the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots at the Adelphi Theatre in 2015 and also played the role on Broadway.  His other theatre credits include: Jackie Day in Donegal  a new play by Frank McGuinness, at The Abbey Theatre, Dublin and Huey in the original London cast of Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre . He created the role of Deco in The Commitments at the Palace Theatre and has also played Tony'in Billy Elliot at the Victoria Palace as well as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's. He first joined the company of Les Misérables in 2008, going onto play the role of Enjolras from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, he played Courfeyrac in the 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 Arena and also played Combeferre in the 2012 multi-award-winning film of the show.

Jess Koravos, CEO of the Really Useful Group, said that this touring  production of the show  is an exact replica of the original West End and Broadway production,  right down to the famous chandelier. It  is the last version  that director Hal Prince worked on before he died in July. .

The tour begins at the Leicester Curve on February 22nd. Killian Donnelly is playing the Phantom at Leicester, Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham Hippodrome.  Casting for the role from Edinburgh onwards to be announced in due course. He will be joined by Holly-Anne Hull as Christine Daaé, Rhys Whitfield as Raoul, Saori Oda as Carlotta Giudicelli, Adam Linstead as Monsieur André, Matt Harrop as Monsieur Firmin, Francesca Ellis as Madame Giry, Greg Castiglioni as Ubaldo Piangi and Ellie Young as Meg Giry. In certain performances Christine will be played by Anouk Van Laake.

Holly-Anne Hull is currently appearing in the concert of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre. She has also appeared in the International tour of the show and the West End production at the Queen’s Theatre. Her other credits include the UK tour of Copacabana and Loserville at the Union Theatre.

Rhys Whitfield recently appeared in Summer and Smoke at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End and as Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. His other credits include Close to You at the Criterion Theatre and the UK tour of The Commitments.

Saori Oda’s many West End credits include Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre, The King and I at the London Palladium, Wicked at the Apollo Victoria, The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre, Carousel at the Coliseum and The Wizard of Oz at the Southbank Centre.

Adam Linstead most recently appeared in Fiddler on the Roof at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End. His other West End credits include Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera and Cats.

Matt Harrop has appeared in the West End productions of Chess and Les Misérables. His other theatre credits include the European tour of Cats, the national tour of My fair Lady and Me and My Girl at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Francesca Ellis most recently appeared in the West End production of Company at the Gielgud Theatre. She has also appeared as Donna in the International tour of Mamma Mia!, The Duckhouse at the Vaudeville and The Railway Children at Waterloo Station. She has also appeared in the national tours of Les Misérables and Oklahoma!

Greg Castiglioni most recently appeared in The Woman in White and Titanic The Musical, both at the Charing Cross Theatre. His other credits include Fiddler on the Roof at Chichester Festival Theatre and the International tour of Cats. He has also appeared as Magaldi in Evita at the Adelphi Theatre and the 25th Anniversary tour of The Phantom of the Opera.

Ellie Young graduated from the Royal Ballet School this year and made her professional debut in the recent International Tour of Cats.

The cast is completed by Brad Barnley, Cassiopeia Berkeley-Agyepong, Corina Clark, Edward Court, Vinny Coyle, Lily De-La-Haye, Hywel Dowsell, Connor Ewing, Erin Flaherty, James Gant, Lydia Gerrard, Daniel Hall, Eilish Harmon-Beglan, Yukina Hasebe, Hettie Hobbs, Jacob Hughes, Grace Hume, James Hume, Michaela Leisk, Janet Mooney, Ian Mowat, Michael Robert-Lowe, Anna Simmons, Nikki Skinner, Anouk Van Laake, Louis Van Leer, Jasmine Wallis and Andrew York.

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