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Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary Les Misérables will move next door to the Gielgud Theatre for 16 weeks only when the Queens Theatre closes for refurbishment in July.
This new production will play from 10 August – 30 November 2019 at the intimate Gielgud Theatre and will see the spectacular staging of the legendary concert – previously seen in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena – return to London with an all-star cast.
Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will take on the roles of Javert and Jean Valjean respectively, while Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier join them in leading a large cast and orchestra of over 65 in the concert version of Les Misérables.
Katy Secombe also joins to play Madame Thénardier and, for three performances a week, the role of Jean Valjean will be played by John Owen-Jones. Further casting will be announced shortly.
Watch Alfie Boe in action, with footage recorded during his performance at London’s O2, below:
Cameron Mackintosh said, “The success of Les Misérables continues to amaze me and break new ground. Despite the fact the show continues to play to 95% capacity we have been obliged to close the production at the Queen’s Theatre for 16 weeks this autumn to do much needed work.
“Les Misérables is the only musical ever that has been equally successful on stage, film, in concert and in the classroom. Its spectacular staged concerts are legendary successes, just as popular as the stage show. I am thrilled that the plan to keep Les Misérables running in London with a staged concert version on Shaftesbury Avenue during the enforced closure period has attracted such a stellar cast, with Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, John Owen Jones, Matt Lucas and Katy Secombe, who all have a very close personal connection to the history of the show.
“Of course, I am a bit miserable that Michael, the gorgeous young actor that created the student Marius in the original production, is now for the first time old enough to play the implacable inspector Javert, an amazing match for Alfie’s career-defining portrayal of Jean Valjean. I know fans are in for a unique and amazing experience from our huge company who will be performing in the glorious intimate theatrical space of the Gielgud Theatre.”
Les Misérables is the world’s longest-running musical, now in its 34th year in London. Its celebrated score includes the songs, I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more.
The Original London production – currently at the Queen’s Theatre (following runs at the Barbican and the Palace Theatre) – will play until 13 July 2019 when the theatre will then close for four months of rebuilding work both backstage and in the auditorium.
The restored Queen’s Theatre will reopen in December 2019 with a new production of Les Misérables continuing its phenomenal run indefinitely, with a new West End company being put together now.
Tickets for the Les Miserables – The All-Star Staged Concert are on sale now. Get yours through Ticketmaster.co.uk