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The epic show based on Victor Hugo’s iconic novel will be returning to the Sondheim Theatre by late September. Starring Jon Robyns in the role of Jean Valjean, the production will be celebrating its 36th anniversary by the time of its comeback, following to the sell-out concert adapation which was performed during its closure and on one of the hardest moments for the entire industry.
Look down, look down… or forward… because one of the world’s most beloved and record-breaking show is about to return to its West End home. Following the sell-out success of its concert version (which has kept this musical alive even during this direst of times for the industry), producer Cameron Mackintosh has cofirmed he full casting for the re-opening of the critically acclaimed new full production of Les Misérables, which will go back to revolutionize London’s theatreland by the end of next month.
“After 18 long months of unprecedented shut down of the commercial theatre, it is thrilling to see the West End reopen with all its major productions and safely welcome back audiences who have been so supportive to our industry”, says Mackintosh. “The staged concert of Les Misérables has been uniquely able to keep the large scale theatrical flag flying on Shaftesbury Avenue, clocking up a record breaking 250 performance run. Spectacular though the staged concert (which will embark on a World Tour in 2024) is, the fully staged new production of Les Misérables has become an international sell out sensation all over again, continuing to bring audiences to their feet as the longest running musical in the world. The famous barricades of this latest West End production will be manned by a brilliant and diverse company of new and established talents, that demonstrate why our training system is the envy of the world and our theatre practitioners both on and off stage are incomparable, despite the lack of support of the commercial theatre from this government. It is hugely gratifying, as the show celebrates its 36th birthday this October at the Sondheim Theatre”.
With music by Claude-Michel Schoënberg, libretto by Alain Boublil and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, the show is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic novel, which tells the compassionate tale of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, and its struggle to redeem himself after 19 years of incarceration for stealing a loaf of bread. Led by Jon Robyns in the mail role, the cast includes Bradley Jaden as Javert, Gerard Carey as Thénardier’, Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier, Harry Apps as Marius, Chanice Alexander-Burnett as Fantine, Jordan Shaw as Enjolras, Charlie Burn as Cosette and making her West End debut Sha Dessi as Eponine.
Les Misérables will start performances on September 25rd and is currently booked until February 13th next year. Tickets are available on the following link.