John originally comes from Burry Port, South Wales, and trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, London (BA in acting).
John has performed many different roles in theatre all over the country, has appeared on television and radio countless times and has been seen in concert all over the world but is perhaps best known for his performances in The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables.
In 2009 John released his second solo CD, John Owen-Jones. Available from this theatre as well as from Amazon, iTunes and HMV, it features guests such as Bryn Terfel and Michael Ball. His first solo recording, ‘Hallelujah’, was released in 2006 and is available from his website (www.johnowenjones.com).
John is delighted to return once more to the role of The Phantom. He first wore the mask at Her Majesty’s between 2001 and 2004 and has played The Phantom more times than any other actor in the show’s West End history – enjoying nearly 1,400 record-breaking performances.
John has also enjoyed a long and happy association with the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, having played the role to critical acclaim on Broadway, in the West End and most recently on the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Tour – which played in theatres such as Le Châtelet in Paris, and the Barbican Centre, London. John was the first British actor to play the role on Broadway and is one of only a handful to play the role on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2006, he was voted Best Valjean Ever and Best Les Misérables Performer Ever in a worldwide online poll of fans of the show, and he first played Jean Valjean at the age of 26 – making him the youngest actor ever to do so. He has also appeared as Jean Valjean in a special finale of the Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2 (also shown in cinemas worldwide and released on DVD) and in the Les Misérables 21st Anniversary concert (Mermaid, subsequently broadcast on Radio 2) and can be heard as Valjean on the 25th Anniversary 2010 cast recording of Les Misérables Live!
You can also follow John on Twitter (www.twitter.com/johnowenjones).