Josefina Gabrielle

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Gabrielle was born in London in October 1963 to a Spanish father and an English mother. She trained at the Arts Educational Schools, London and began her professional career dancing with the National Ballet of Portugal - CNB. Upon returning to Britain, she started a career in musical theatre, and has since appeared in numerous musical productions, in the West End and on Broadway.

In 1992, she was part of the ensemble in Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel. This production opened at the Royal National Theatre and transferred in 1993 to the Shaftesbury Theatre. Her other early roles include Iris in Fame at the Cambridge Theatre, Maggie in A Chorus Line at the Derby Playhouse and Cassie in a touring production of the same show, and Jenna in The Goodbye Girl at the Noël Coward Theatre.

She continued her association with Rodgers and Hammerstein in 1998 when she was chosen by director Trevor Nunn to star as Laurey Williams in his new production of Oklahoma! opposite Hugh Jackman which was staged at the National Theatre. It later transferred to the Lyceum Theatre in the West End. For her performance in Oklahoma!, Gabrielle received her first Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. She was the first Laurey in any production of Oklahoma! to dance her own "Dream Ballet," which was recreated especially for her by choreographer Susan Stroman. When this revival transferred to Broadway in 2002, Gabrielle travelled with the show and made her Broadway debut with the new company.

Gabrielle's other roles include Dot/Maria in Sunday in the Park With George at the Leicester Haymarket, Roxie Hart in Chicago at the Adelphi and Cambridge theatres, Alexandra Spofford in The Witches of Eastwick at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cassie in A Chorus Line at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain at the Leicester Haymarket and Sadler's Wells theatres, Irene Molloy in the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park production of Hello, Dolly!, opposite Samantha Spiro. In Sweet Charity, which played first at the Menier Chocolate Factory and transferred to the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in the West End, Gabrielle played the roles of Nickie and Ursula, and received another Olivier Award nomination for her performance. Later in 2010, she played Lady Jacqui in the Crucible Theatre's, Sheffield production of Me and My Girl. In 2012, she toured the UK in the role of Mrs. Anna Leonowens in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, her third musical by this duo. Later that year, she returned to the Menier Chocolate Factory to play the role of Gussie Carnegie in Maria Friedman's much acclaimed production of Stephen Sondheim's musical Merrily We Roll Along, which had its West End transfer to the Harold Pinter Theatre in 2013 and earned Gabrielle her third Olivier Award nomination for her performance. In May 2014, she joined the new cast of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, as Mrs. Teavee. In August and September 2017, Josefina took the lead role of Desirée in Sondheim's A Little Night Music at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury, performing the song "Send In The Clowns". In 2018 she returned to Chicago when the production returned to the West End, to the Phoenix, this time playing the role of Velma Kelly. She played opposite the Roxie Harts of Sarah Soetart, Alexandra Burke and Caroline Flack. In 2020 Josefina played Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables when the ‘new’ version re-opened the refurbished Queen's Theatre under its new name of Sondheim Theatre. She is still performing this role as of October 2022.

Gabrielle has appeared in various straight plays and comedies, including Noël Coward's Tonight at 8.30, a series of one act plays ( Red Peppers, The Astonished Heart, Family Album, Hands Across the Sea, Fumed Oak and Shadow Play ) at Minerva Theatre, Chichester opposite Alexander Hanson in 2006, The 39 Steps at the Criterion Theatre in 2007/08, The Murder Game at the King's Head Theatre in 2009, Park Avenue Cat at the Arts Theatre in 2011 and Ray Cooney's Two into One at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2014. In 2017, she took over the role of Mavis in Maria Friedman's revival of Richard Harris' play Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre.

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Josefina Gabrielle STAGE CREDITS

[West End]
West End Revival, 2021

[West End]
West End Staged Concert Revival, 2021
Madame Thénardier [Replacement]

[West End]
West End Return Engagement, 2018
Velma Kelly

[West End]
West End Original Production, 2013
Mrs. Teavee [Replacement]

[West End]
Menier Chocolate Factory Production, 2012
Gussie Carnegie

[West End]
Menier Chocolate Factory Revival, 2010


[West End]
Original London Production, 2006
Annabella Schmidt [Replacement]

Margaret [Replacement]

Pamela [Replacement]

Broadway Revival, 2002

[West End]
Original London Production, 2000
Alexandra [Replacement]

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1998
Laurey Williams

[West End]
London Revival, 1997

[West End]
Original London Production, 1995

[West End]
Royal National Theatre Production, 1992
Penny Bentley

[Regional (UK)]
Bristol Revival, 1994
Dream Laurey

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The Olivier Award-winning 1998 production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, starring then-newcomer Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman) as Curly, will screen in more than 840 cinemas around the globe for two days only on Sunday, July 16 and Wednesday, July 19.

Cast Revealed For FAREWELL MISTER HAFFMANN at Bath Theatre Royal

Adam Blanshay Productions and Norel Productions have announced full casting for Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s Farewell Mister Haffmann, the English language world première of one of France’s most successful new plays.

Review: 42ND STREET, Sadler's Wells

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Photos: Ruthie Henshall, Adam Garcia & The Cast of 42 STREET Arrive at Sadler's Wells

See photos of the cast of 42nd Street arriving at Sadler’s Wells ahead of their first performance, where it will play until Sunday 2 July!

Photos: First Look at 42ND STREET at Curve, Leicester and Sadler's Wells

Production photos have been released from 42nd Street at Curve, Leicester ahead of playing Sadler’s Wells. The production plays at Curve, Leicester until Saturday 3rd June, followed by a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from Wednesday 7th June 2023.

Photos: See Ruthie Henshall, Les Dennis & More in Rehearsals for 42 STREET

See rehearsal photos for 42nd Street, playing Curve, Leicester and Sadler’s Wells!

OKLAHOMA! Starring Hugh Jackman Will Be Presented as Part of Sarasota Opera's HD At The Opera House

Sarasota Opera will present an HD at the Opera House film of a National Theatre production of Oklahoma! starring Hugh Jackman. This will be shown on Sunday, July 16 at 1:30 p.m.

1998 Production of OKLAHOMA! Starring Hugh Jackman is Coming to Cinemas This Summer

The National Theatre’s acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! is headed to cinemas worldwide this summer. Starring then-newcomer Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman) as Curly, this riveting stage revival was filmed following its record-breaking 1998 run in London.

LES MISERABLES Extends Booking Through March 2024

LES MISERABLES at the Sondheim Theatre has announced that booking is now extended until Saturday 2 March 2024.

Photos: LES MISERABLES West End Releases Brand-New Production Shots

Get a first look at brand-new production images of the long-running West End production of LES MISÉRABLES at the Sondheim Theatre.

New Cast Announced For LES MISERABLES From 27 September

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce new cast members joining the critically acclaimed new production of Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre from Tuesday 27 September. 

LES MISERABLES Extends Booking and Announces New Performance Schedule

LES MISERABLES at the Sondheim Theatre has extended booking until Sunday 5 March 2023, and a new performance schedule from Wednesday 5 October 2022. Tickets for the new booking period are on sale from 11.00am today, Friday 1 July.

VIDEO: Watch All New Clips From LES MISERABLES at the Sondheim Theatre

New footage has been released of LES MISÉRABLES at the Sondheim Theatre. Check out the all new trailer here!

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals for SONDHEIM'S OLD FRIENDS Starring Michael Ball, Hannah Waddingham, Judi Dench & More

Cameron Mackintosh has invited Stephen Sondheim’s old friends to join him in celebrating his extraordinary talents and legacy at the Sondheim Theatre which was recently gloriously rebuilt in Sondheim’s honour and thanks the cast and company and everyone involved for agreeing to a special screening which will allow over 2,500 to see the performance.

BWW Interview: Gerard Carey and Josefina Gabrielle Talk LES MISERABLES

Having joined the cast of Les Misérables at the newly refurbished Sondheim Theatre back in December 2019, Gerard Carey and Josefina Gabrielle have had quite the rollercoaster experience as everyone's favourite rogues, the Thénardiers. Between them, their list of theatre credits is impressive and despite having never met prior to the show, Carey and Gabrielle have united to create a strong partnership throughout multiple lockdowns and two different productions.

LES MISERABLES Announces Complete Casting For New Full Production at the Sondheim Theatre

Following the sell-out success of LES MISÉRABLES – THE STAGED CONCERT, the longest running concert in the history of Shaftesbury Avenue, Cameron Mackintosh has announced full casting for the re-opening of the new full production of LES MISÉRABLES at the Sondheim Theatre on 25 September 2021.

Photos: Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden, Lucie Jones and More Star in LES MISERABLES- The Staged Concert

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert made its return to the Sondheim Theatre on 20 May 2021! The principal cast of Les Miserables features Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Lucie Jones as Fantine, and more. Announces Pride Month Lineup Including TALES OF THE CITY THE MUSICAL, CRUISE and HUSHABYE MOUNTAIN

From Jeff Whitty, the creator of Avenue Q, and the Scissor Sister's Jake Shears and John Garden comes ARMISTEAD MAUPIN'S TALES OF THE CITY, THE MUSICAL based on Armistead Maupin's landmark series of novels about San Francisco in the 70s. The presentation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the premiere musical staging at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater in 2011.

VIDEO: Lucie Jones Gets Ready to Bring LES MISERABLES Back to the Stage!

Les Misérables -The Staged Concert made its triumphant return to the Sondheim Theatre just last night on 20 May. Ahead of the big night, BroadwayWorld's Tom Hayden Millward checked in with Fantine- Lucie Jones. Following the  run, Jones will star as Jenna in the UK Tour of Waitress, which kicks off at the New Wimbledon Theatre on 4 September 2021.


Josefina Gabrielle has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

Josefina Gabrielle has appeared on London's West End in 15 shows.

Josefina Gabrielle's first West End show was Carousel which opened in 1992

Josefina Gabrielle has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for her roles in "Merrily We Roll Along" and "Sweet Charity." She also received a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance in "Oklahoma!" Additionally, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical at the Olivier Awards for her role in "Oklahoma!"

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