Gareth Gates, star of the current European tour of Les Miserables, will feature in a special edition of Radio 2 show Friday Night is Music Night.

Gareth Gates in Les Miserables

The edition will pay homage to musical theatre and will include a segment celebrating the 25th anniversary of Les Miserables.

Gareth Gates plays Marius in the touring production of Les Miserables, which opened in Cardiff in December 2009. The tour will also play the Barbican Theatre in London, where it originally premiered in 1985, as part of the show’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

The show will run for 22 performances only at the Barbican from 14 September – 2 October 2010. It will mark the first time anywhere in world that two productions of the same musical have played simultaneously in the same city.

Gates will be joined by fellow co-stars including John Owen Jones, Jacinta Whyte and Shona Lindsay along with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon.

The first half of the live show will feature a medley of musical hits, including Kander and Ebb classics Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret, and Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, featuring Gareth Gates who starred in the recent West End production in 2009.

Friday Night is Music Night is the world’s longest-running live music programme on radio, featuring the BBC concert orchestra and broadcast from locations throughout the UK

The BBC Radio 2 show will be broadcast live at 8pm on May 21 from the Mermaid Theatre in London.

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