Borough actor to play Valjean in touring production of Les Miserables

Borough actor to play Valjean in touring production of Les Miserables

by Henry James (May 2021)

NEWBURGH’S Dean Chisnall is to play the lead role of Jean Valjean in the latest touring production of Les Miserables, which will be coming to the Liverpool Empire from January 5-22, 2022. 

Dean, who was born in Ormskirk and lived in Newburgh most of his life, will be appearing alongside Nic Greenshields as Javert and Katie Hall as Fantine and full casting will be announced soon.  

Boublil and Schönberg’s score of Les Miserables includes the songs: I Dreamed a Dream; On My Own; Stars; Bring Him Home: and Do You Hear the People Sing.

The production is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, and is the longest running musical in West End history. It first opened in London in 1985 and 70 million people have seen the show all over the world.

Dean went to school in the borough and attended Newburgh Primary School and Burscough Priory Academy. He moved to London in 2002.

The Champion spoke to Dean in 2018 when he was playing the part of Valjean at the Queen’s Theatre in London. He was the final actor to perform the role in the original production. He said: “To play Jean Valjean is a dream for me. I am very lucky. Les Miserables is the greatest show ever written in musical theatre. This is the show that I have always wanted to be in.” 

His other recent theatre credits include the UK tour of Blood Brothers; The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory; Working at the Southwark Playhouse; Shrek at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK tour; Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre; La Cage Aux Folles at the Playhouse Theatre and Never Forget at the Savoy Theatre.

Northwest theatregoers may remember Dean playing Shrek at the Manchester Palace Theatre in 2014.

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