David Thaxton (born 12 May 1982) is a Welsh singer and musical theatre and opera performer. He starred in the Donmar Warehouse's Passion,[1] for which he won the 2011 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical. He is currently starring as The Phantom in The Phantom Of The Opera, in Her Majesty’s Theatre. He previously appeared as Enjolras in the West End production of Les Misérables.[2] In March 2011, he joined the cast of Love Never Dies, undertaking the role of Raoul de Chagny.

David Thaxton
Born (1982-05-12) 12 May 1982 (age 37)
OccupationActor, singer


Thaxton was born in Neath, South Wales. He attended Grimston Primary School and Springwood High School in King's Lynn, Norfolk, and subsequently won a scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama,[2] following a four-year vocal studies course, where he was awarded Young Welsh Musical Theatre Singer of the Year 2005 and was runner-up in the Kathleen Ferrier Young Singers’ Bursary. He was also a member of Only Men Aloud!.

Early theatreEdit

As a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, he was part of the world premiere of Richard Taylor's Warchild. He was a soloist at the opening gala for the Wales Millennium Centre in 2004 and created the role of the Wolf in the world premiere of John Doyle's The Tailors Daughter (Welsh National Youth Opera). Other work includes Foreman in Trial by Jury, and the subsequent Chandos recording (BBC National Orchestra of Wales, St David's Hall), Nick Shadow in The Rake's Progress (Wales Millennium Centre), Sweeney in Sweeney Todd (Norwich Playhouse), Harasta in The Cunning Little Vixen (Cardiff Sherman) and Tarquinius in The Rape of Lucretia.

Les MisérablesEdit

From 2005 to 2007, Thaxton was an ensemble member in the London production of Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre, playing the parts of Courfeyrac and Bamatabois, and understudying the roles of Enjolras and the Bishop of Digne (both first cover). He was part of the 21st Anniversary Cast, performing at the special BBC Radio 2 concert.

In 2008, he returned to Les Misérables, now as principal Enjolras. After the cast change in June 2009, he stayed on for the 2009/2010 season as well. He left the show on 19 June 2010, having played the role to much acclaim and attention from the public.

Thaxton played the role of Javert in the 2014-2015 West End production and reprised the role in 2018.[clarification needed]


In March 2010, Thaxton accepted the offer to play the part of Giorgio in the Donmar Warehouse revival of the Sondheim/Lapine musical Passion alongside Elena Roger and Scarlett Strallen, with previews starting on 10 September 2010 and opening night on 21 September 2010.[3][4] He won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[5] Sondheim praised his performance for bringing the show "properly into focus" and making Giorgio the center of attention. [6]

Love Never DiesEdit

Thaxton portrayed Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny in the second cast of Love Never Dies, taking over from Joseph Millson who portrayed Raoul in the original cast. He played this role at the Adelphi Theatre until it closed on 27 August 2011.

Unborn TwinEdit

Thaxton is a member of the band Unborn Twin (formerly Glasgow Coma Score). On 12 January 2012, they announced that they would be issuing their first EP (Distort and Merge EP) and on 12 April of the same year would play a concert at London's Bush Hall. Following on from this the band released the CD and download single Suffer This, and have played several shows at venues such as Norwich Arts Centre, 93 Feet East and the Dublin Castle in Camden.[7]


From 23 November to 22 February 2013 Thaxton portrayed Maximilian in Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory, alongside Fra Fee and Scarlett Strallen.


  1. ^ "Passion". Donmar Warehouse. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b [1] Archived 13 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Full Cast Announced for Donmar's Passion; Concert Casting for Merrily and Company, Too". Playbill.com. 9 July 2010. Archived from the original on 21 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-13.
  4. ^ "Scarlett Strallen, David Thaxton to Join Elena Roger in Donmar Warehouse's Passion", Theatre Mania, Andy Propst, 26 Mar 2010
  5. ^ "David Thaxton Wins Best Actor in a Musical" Archived 9 September 2012 at Archive.today, Olivier Awards, 13 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14.
  6. ^ Sondheim, Stephen - Look I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany
  7. ^ http://www.unborntwin.com Missing or empty |title= (help)

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