West End star to perform at Quay Theatre, Sudbury

Daniel Koek is performing at Sudbury's Quay Theatre. ANL-160203-100810001

Daniel Koek is performing at Sudbury's Quay Theatre. ANL-160203-100810001

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Fresh from performing the lead role of Jean Valjean at the London Queen’s Theatre production of Les Misérables, Daniel Koek is heading to Sudbury’s modest Quay Theatre.

At 34, the Australian tenor, who performs on Friday, March 11, is one of the youngest men to play the title role of Jean Valjean, but he said he was just as excited to be coming to the Quay.

“I’m very excited to come to Sudbury it marks the beginning of my regional dates this year,” he said.

“My manager lives in Clare and he mentioned how lovely the Quay Theatre is. I look forward to seeing Sudbury and the surrounding villages.“

When asked what it was like going from large theatres, performing in front of thousands of people, Koek said: “It’s obviously quite a difference, however, I like the intimacy of smaller venues where you can really connect with your audience, and because I’m telling my story it works better to be more intimate.

“Both have their own charms, obviously there is a thrill to performing in front of thousands, but there is something very personally satisfying to performing to a smaller more intimate audience

He has starred in a number of musicals, exciting audiences from London’s West End to Sydney’s Opera House, appearing before more than three million people in five years.

Koek has released two albums, Self Titled Tenor and High.

The second album includes songs by Josh Groban, Adele and Billy Joel plus Bring Him Home, a duet with Jonathan Ansell.

Tickets are available from the Box Office at the Quay Theatre. You can also call 01787 374745 to book.