Producer Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed that Les Misérables -The Staged Concert will head back to the stage at the Sondheim Theatre from the 5th December.
Returning for a limited season until the 17th January 2021, it has been announced that Les Misérables -The Staged Concert will return to the West End to coincide with the musical’s 35th year on Shaftesbury Avenue.
In order to open safely, the theatre capacity will be reduced to 750 seats, with COVID-19 measures and social distancing in place front of house, on stage, backstage and throughout the building. Tickets will go on general sale 12pm on 14th October 2020.
The cast for this six-week run will include Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine and Matt Lucas as Thénardier. At certain performances John Owen-Jones will again play the role of Jean Valjean.
The new production of Les Misérables which opened in January of this year will hopefully re-open at the Sondheim Theatre sometime in the Spring as soon as the Government has withdrawn social distancing and reached Stage 5 allowing full capacity audiences.
In a statement, Cameron Mackintosh said: “Seven months on from the enforced closure of our theatres, one of Britain’s most successful world beating industries faces being decimated, with the desperate loss of thousands of jobs. The future of our cultural heritage hangs in the balance while the Government battles to find the best way out of this crisis. Like so many people, I want to go back to work.The Chancellor has said we need to live with this virus without fear and as a theatre producer and theatre owner that is exactly how I and my colleagues feel – the show must go on – but safely for both audiences and everyone onstage as well as backstage. Time to grab the masks of comedy and tragedy once more!”
Les Misérables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel with additional material by James Fenton and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Les Misérables -The Staged Concert will run at the Sondheim Theatre from the 5th December until the 17th January 2021. For more information visit: https://www.lesmis.com/concert