Cameron Mackintosh has announced a concert version of ‘Les Misérables‘, which will run at London’s Gielgud Theatre for 16 weeks, next door to the musical production’s current home at the Queen’s Theatre.
The concert will star Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Michael Ball as Javert, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier. Joining them will be Katy Secombe in the role of Madame Thénardier, and for three performances a week, John Owen-Jones in the role of Jean Valjean. Rob Houchen will star as Marius, and Bradley Jaden will play Enjolras. The cast will lead an orchestra of over 65.
X Factor’s Shan Ako and Lily Kerhoas will make their West End debuts in the production as Eponine and Cosette respectively. The cast is completed by Rosanna Bates, Adam Bayjou, Ciarán Bowling, Simon Bowman, Oliver Brenin, Earl Carpenter, Vinny Coyle, Samantha Dorsey, Tamsin Dowsett, Nicola Espallardo, Celia Graham, Barnaby Hughes, Holly-Anne Hull, Oliver Jackson, Christopher Jacobsen, Gavin James, Will Jennings, Ciaran Joyce, Katie Kerr, Sarah Lark, Joanna Loxton, Craig Mather, Stephen Matthews, James Nicholson, Rosa O’Reilly, Claire Parrish, Sophie Reeves, Grainne Renihan, Leo Roberts, Raymond Walsh, Gemma Wardle and Andrew York.
‘Les Misérables’, now in its 34th year in London, is the world’s longest running musical. The original London production, currently playing at Queen’s Theatre, is to close on 13th July 2019, when the theatre will close for four months for refurbishment. The theatre will reopen in December 2019, at the newly renamed Sondheim Theatre, with a new company.
The new production is currently on a record-breaking international tour, having sold-out a year in advance, through to January 2020. The tour has now been extended to Autumn 2021. Tickets will go on sale shortly.
Cameron Mackintosh said of the concert: “The success of ‘Les Misérables’ continues to amaze me and break new ground… 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”.
The concert, previously seen in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena, will run from 10th August to 30th November at the Gielgud Theatre.