BWW Interviews: Carrie Hope Fletcher of LES MIS and WAR OF THE WORLDS

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BWW Interviews: Carrie Hope Fletcher of LES MIS and WAR OF THE WORLDS

London's Eponine - and YouTube sensation - is very happy.

Carrie Hope Fletcher is staying with the West End company of Les Miserables for another year - but she'll be taking a short break at the end of 2014 for another exciting opportunity.

"I didn't think I'd be able to stay on with Les Mis - I got War of the Worlds [arena tour] this Christmas," she explains. "Then Sir Cameron [Mackintosh] offered to work around that so I could stay for another year. I'll be out in November and December, but I'll be back again afterwards."

The fact that Mackintosh wanted her to return is something she finds incredibly flattering.

"I was absolutely honoured to be asked to come back," she says. "I'm so chuffed that I'm staying. I adore playing Eponine, and I didn't feel like my time was up here. It's wonderful to be staying."

She's full of praise for Jeff Wayne as well - the creator, composer and conductor of The War of the Words. "He's such an amazingly talented and creative man. He's so kind - lovely to work with. "

Despite her youth, she was very familiar with the music from the original concept album that was released nearly four decades ago.

"My parents are massive fans, so I grew up listening to it in the car!"

And for those of you following on her on social media, yes, she does read your tweets all the time, keeping up-to-date with the latest comments and events by checking her phone, even when she's in the theatre.

"It's nice to put names and faces to tweets!" she enthuses. "I enjoy these interactions with people online, and it's wonderful when I get to chat to them at stage door. I'll remember Twitter handles so it's great to talk to them!"

You can catch Carrie at the Queen's stage door for at least the next year as she continues to play Eponine in Les Miserables.

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Carrie Dunn Carrie is the UK editor-in-chief for BroadwayWorld. After spending her formative years reading books and ending up with a Masters degree in English literature from King's College London, it was inevitable that Carrie should be a journalist. Her pure and simple delight in the art-form of musical theatre led to the Guardian asking her to be their West End Girl. Since then, she's picked up a PhD, and also written for many other UK publications, including the Times and the Independent. She has many eclectic loves, including sport, karaoke, reality television, MMORPGs, three-volume Victorian novels, the British seaside, embroidery and Veronica Mars.


 

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