A fully staged concert version of Les Miserables is coming to London for sixteen weeks this summer at the Gielgud Theatre, whilst the current home to the show, the Queens Theatre, closes for refurbishment. Cameron Mackintosh’s 2010 production of the show will reopen the Queens Theatre after the work is complete in December 2019, saying goodbye to the original version of the show.
What is the difference between the original version of Les Miserables and the newer 2010 version that toured the UK and also played on Broadway? Well basically it’s just a lot fresher and more current than the original production which, at thirty four years old, looks old and tired. The revolving stage is gone and special effects and video projections are used to help tell the story.
According to The Daily Mail, Michael Ball (who originated the role of Marius) will star alongside Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas and Carrie Hope Fletcher in the new concert version of Les Miserables, which opens on August 10 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre.
Further casting is to be announced but I would love to see the original Eponine, Frances Ruffelle, play Madame Thenardier!
***UPDATE: An official press release has come out stating Michael Ball (Javert), Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Fantine) and Matt Lucas (Thénardier) will lead a large cast and orchestra of over sixty-five 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.***
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