"Valjean, at last! We see each other plain!" We caught up with Peter Lockyer, who is currently playing the lead role of Jean Valjean in the West End's production of Les Misérables. In this new interview, Peter discusses how it feels to portray an iconic character, his past roles and his directing skills.
What was your first car? What about your first job?
What was your first memory of theater?
What is your favorite Broadway show and soundtrack?
You have performed in a variety of places - the United States, China, the West End and more. What was it like to travel and perform in all of these places?
Throughout Les Misérables, Jean Valjean questions his identity, battles between his former life and present life, and between morality and survival. Do you personally relate to Jean Val Jean? How do you feel portraying this iconic role?
Les Misérables is full of powerful numbers. What performance/song holds the most meaning to you?
If you could switch roles with one of your castmates for a performance, who would it be and why?
Like we mentioned before, Jean Val Jean is a very complex character and he struggles a lot during the show. How do you get yourself ready for a performance? Do you ever have trouble getting into character?
You were also in Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon on Broadway. What were these experiences like for you? Any fond memories from these shows that you would be willing to share?
What is it like performing on the West End as an American? Do you ever get homesick?
What are some of your favorite London hangouts?
What are you most passionate about in your own life?
In July of this year, you performed with Kristin Chenoweth at the Royal Albert Hall. What was that experience like? Do you ever get nervous performing in a concert setting?
Aside from acting and performing, you are also credited as a director for several shows. Do you find it more difficult being, shall we say, behind the scenes rather than on the stage? Do you prefer acting or directing?
What was the most memorable show you have directed and why?
What is your dream role?
What is your favorite book? Favorite movie?
What book or movie would you like to see interpreted for the stage, or star in?
What has been your most embarrassing moment on stage?
What is a piece of advice you could give to aspiring young actors and actresses who want to break into the business?