Cameron Mackintosh has announced a World Tour of Les Miserables The Arena Spectacular, opening with European dates, plus UK dates in September 2024.
The original stage musical, which is London’s and the world’s longest-running stage musical, is about to enter its 39th year; and the Arena tour will play right through the show’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
Arena tour venues cover 15 countries worldwide, including the UK, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. North and South America dates are also being planned.
Les Miserables The Arena Spectacular will be an expanded version of the successful Les Misérables The Staged Concert, which played over 200 performances in the West End during the refurb of Les Mis’s home, the Sondheim Theatre.
The arena show will be designed specifically for arenas and large theatres, with audiences of between 3,000 to 5,000. There’s no news on who the creative team for the show will be.
The cast is going to be huge, with over 110 actors, musicians and crew for the UK dates, with lead casting to be announced in autumn 2023, along with exact dates, cities and venues.
The show is produced by Mackintosh in association with Nick Grace Management (Batman Live, Walking with Dinosaurs).
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said in a statement: “Since the very first concert performance of Les Misérables in Sydney in January 1989, this remarkable musical has proved to be as powerful and successful in its every manifestation. Whether in its original full theatrical form, a blockbuster musical movie, or any of its numerous spectacularly staged concert performances. Over the show’s nearly 40 years existence, it has also proved to be the launch pad for an extraordinary list of stars around the world, in many different languages and countries. This much anticipated world tour will be a unique opportunity for many of these celebrated performers to play their favourite roles for short periods in different parts of the world, so fans will get the chance to see their favourite stars (and mine!) in their favourite musical. Both the show and the score of Les Mis continues to win poll after poll around the world as the publics favourite musical of all time containing so many of the most memorable and beloved songs ever written for the musical theatre. The euphoria of the cast reunion performances of Miz are legendary and always prove a sell-out so I look forward to this unique event being the ultimate demonstration of Do You Hear The People Sing ever!”
Producer Nick Grace said: “I’m thrilled to be co-producing this exciting new world tour with Cameron and to have the opportunity of working on this iconic musical. I’m looking forward to taking this incredible new UK touring production all over the world, bringing it to existing Les Mis fans and those that will be experiencing the phenomenon for the first time.”
Also booking: Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre in London