Theatre worth travelling for: Killian Donnelly leads The Phantom of the Opera on tour

21 Nov
Posted in: Theatre News
Author: Staff
Killian Donnelly as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

The first thing we thought when we saw this casting was: when can we see this in London?! Currently playing Jean Valjean in Les Miserables on an international tour, Killian Donnelly takes to the road again for producer Cameron Mackintosh, taking the title role in The Phantom of the Opera's new 2020 tour.

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Cameron Mackintosh have announced full casting for the UK and Ireland tour of the original production of The Phantom of the Opera, which opens at Curve, Leicester on 22 February 2020 and then continues through to 20 February 2021 with lengthy stops in Manchester, Dublin, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Cardiff and Plymouth. 

Killian Donnelly will play ‘The Phantom’, Holly-Anne Hull ‘Christine Daaé’, Rhys Whitfield ‘Raoul’, Saori Oda ‘Carlotta Giudicelli’, Adam Linstead ‘Monsieur André’, Matt Harrop ‘Monsieur Firmin’,Francesca Ellis ‘Madame Giry’, Greg Castiglioni ‘Ubaldo Piangi’ and Ellie Young ‘Meg Giry’. At certain performances, the role of ‘Christine Daaé’ will be played by Anouk Van Laake. (Note: Donnelly will play the role of ‘The Phantom’ in Leicester, Manchester, Dublin and Birmingham. Casting for the role of ‘The Phantom’ from Edinburgh onwards will be announced in due course.) 

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.


Killian Donnelly can currently be seen as Jean Valjean in the International Tour of Les Misérables. Prior to this, he played the role in the West End production of the show. He played the role of Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway, a role he originated at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End in 2015, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His other theatre credits include Huey in the original London cast of Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre for which he was also nominated for an Olivier Award, and Jackie in Frank McGuinness’ Donegal at Dublin’s Abbey 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 Theatre as well as Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty's Theatre. He first joined the company of Les Misérables in 2008, going on to play the role of Enjolras from 2009 to 2011. In 2010, he played the role of Courfeyrac in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables at The O2 Arena and also played the role of Combeferre in the multi-award-winning film of the show, released in 2012.

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.

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