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Monsieur Thénardier
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Biographical information
Also Known As

Jondrette
Fanbatou
Baron Thénard

Gender

Male

Born

1773

Family

Éponine (daughter)
Azelma (daughter)
Gavroche (son)
Two unnamed younger sons

Relationships

Madame Thénardier (wife)

Job

Innkeeper

Behind the scenes
Portrayer

Yvan Dautin
Alun Armstrong
Leo Burmester
Graeme Campbell
Laurent Gendron
Paul de Leeuw
Gary Beach
Carlo Boszhard
Matt Lucas
Jon Kenny
Cameron Blakley
Tom Edden
Christian Clavier
Sacha Baron Cohen

Monsieur Thénardier is the male secondary antagonist from the novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. He is an innkeeper in Montfermeil and becomes a crook in Paris. He is married to Madame Thénardier.

NovelEdit

Monsieur Thénardier is an innkeeper who will do anything for money. He also was a sergeant in the battle of Waterloo who inadvertently saved Colonel Pontmercy while actually robbing him. He lost his inn and became Marius Pontmercy's neighbour, but he has never seen him himself. At the end of the novel, Marius, Colonel Pontmercy's son, gives 150,000 francs to Thénardier for "saving" his father, whereupon the former innkeeper and his other daughter Azelma move to America, where he becomes a slave trader.

MusicalEdit

Act IEdit

Thénardier, like in the book, is a con artist ready for money. He also treated Cosette like a servant. When Jean Valjean adopted Cosette, he and his wife were given 1,500 francs. In "Look Down", Gavroche mentions that the
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Thénardier as he appears in The Brick

Thénardier family lost their inn and Thénardier along with Éponine run a gang in the streets. Thénardier reconizes Valjean as the man who adopted Cosette and plans to expose him, but Valjean and Cosette escape. Still, that doesn't give Thénardier less time to tell Javert where Valjean is going. Thénardier and his gang appear again attempting to rob Valjean's house, but Éponine, knowing that Marius and Cosette are in danger, lies by saying that there is nothing in the house except that Valjean and his adopted daughter live ordinary lives. Thénardier ignores her and decides to do it. Éponine threatens him that she'll scream and when she does, he runs off with the rest of his gang. He and his wife hide underground while the uprising occurs, planning to rob any of the dead after the battle.

Act II Edit

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As Valjean carries an unconscious  Marius from the barricades through the sewers, Thénardier is robbing corpses, taking Marius's ring as well. He is startled when Valjean gets up and leaves (in the novel and 2012 film, Valjean demands to know how to get out of the sewers).

His last appearance is when he and Azelma(in the musical and 2012 movie he and his wife) crash Marius and Cosette's wedding in order to blackmail Marius, disguised as "The Baron du Thenard."  Marius recognizes them quickly and pays them to hear what they have to say. Thénardier lies to him saying that Valjean was carrying a corpse that he murdered in the sewers on the night that the barricades fell. Marius recongizes the ring Thénardier shows him and realizes that Valjean saved him from the barricades. He punches Thénardier in the face (and in the movie, demands to know where Valjean had went) and leaves with Cosette. The Thénardiers celebrate their survival, not even caring for their children and enjoy the party (in the movie, they are kicked out).


SongsEdit

Act IEdit

Act IIEdit

List of PortrayersEdit

MusicalEdit

  • Yvan Dautin – Original French Concept Album, Original Paris stage cast
  • Alun Armstrong – Original London cast, 10th Anniversary concert
  • Leo Burmester – Original Broadway cast
  • Graeme Campbell – Original Canadian cast
  • Shintaku Akira - Original Japanese Cast
  • Ron Petrini – 1987 Glasgow cast
  • Alexander Galamgam – 1990 Frederciton cast
  • Laurent Gendron – 1991 Paris revival
  • Takashi Sasano - 1994 Japanese Red Cast and 1994 Japanese tour
  • Hurhiko  Saitoh -  Original Japanese Cast, 1994 Japanese Blue Cast and 1987-2001 Japanese Tour
  • Homna Noriaki -1994 Japanese Tour
  • Evan Hopkins – 1997 Florida cast
  • Chris Langham - 1997 Concert in Chelmsford
  • Yukio Yamagata - 1997-2001 Japanese Tour
  • Steven Evdoxi, Theodore Nanos – 1998 Dover tour
  • Yu Tokui - 2000-2001 Japanese Tour
  • Gary Beach – 2006 Broadway revival
  • Rennie Vella - 2001 Malta Tour
  • Roberto Blandon - 2002  Commissioning Mexican scene
  • Nick Wyman - 2002 Wst End Production
  • Hajime Komada - 2003 Japanese Violet and Light Blue Cast, 2003-2015 Japanese Tour and 2013 Japanese 25th Anniversary Cast
  • Aro Sanyutei - 2003 Japanese Green and Orange Cast and 2003-2004 Japanese Tour
  • Carlo Boszhard – 2008-2009 Dutch revival
  • Masahiro Sato and Kong Kuwata - 2005-2006 Japanese Tour
  • Motomu Azaki and Rokku Mitani - 2007-2009 Japanese tour
  • Aaron Alimena, Giovanni Wortsman – 2008 Vancouver youth production
  • Dante Murray – 2009 St. John's cast
  • Matt Lucas – 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2
  • Minami Toyukazu – 2011 Japanese Tour
  • KENTARO and Norihide Mantani - 2013 Japanese 25th Anniversary tour and 2015 Japanese Tour
  • Cameron Blakely – 2012-2014 West End cast
  • Tomasz Steciuk - 2010-2012 Roma Theatre in Warsaw
  • Enrique R del Portal – 2010-2011 (Madrid), 2011-2012 (Barcelona)
  • Cliff Saunders – 2013 Toronto cast
  • Armando Pita – 2013-2014 (Spain Tour)
  • Kyle Wyndham-West – Lawrence Park CI's 2014 school edition
  • Trevor Ashley – 2014 Australian cast
  • Tom Edden - 2014-2015 West End cast (Current)

MoviesEdit

  • Émile Mylo – 1913 film
  • Edward Elkas – 1917 film
  • Georges Saillard – 1925 film
  • Charles Dullin – 1934 film
  • Ferdinand Gottschalk – 1935 film
  • Luigi Pavese – 1948 film
  • Bourvil – 1958 film
  • Antonio Battistella – 1964 mini-series
  • Alan Rowe – 1967 mini-series
  • Alain Mottet – 1972 mini-series
  • Carlos Ancira – 1973 series
  • Ian Holm – 1978 film
  • Jean Carmet – 1982 film/1985 mini-series
  • Jon Kenny – 1998 film
  • Christian Clavier – 2000 mini-series
  • Masahito Yabe -  Shōjo Cosette 2007 anime
  • Sacha Baron Cohen – 2012 film

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