Cameron Mackintosh’s West End production of Les Miserables is set for some major changes in 2019.
The Original 1985 London production will move to the Gielguld Theatre for a four month season whilst its home of the last 15 years, the Queen’s Theatre, undergoes a much-needed renovation.
When the show returns to the Queens Theatre in December 2019, it will be the 25th anniversary production which premiered on Broadway in 2009.
The announcement comes alongside news that current UK tour of the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables has already taken a record-breaking advance of £30 million.
The UK tour opened in Dublin in December 2018, and runs until January 2020, travelling to Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Newcastle.
The hugely successful 25th anniversary production has already toured the US, with current box office income for the US tour standing at $250 million.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “I am continually amazed that Les Miserables in its fourth decade continues to break new ground and new records.
“The show’s astonishing success is a tribute to the story’s power to move and inspire which is at the heart of both the original novel and the musical. Tomorrow will always come for Les Miserables.”
Les Miserables premiered at the Barbican Theatre on 8 September 1985 with a cast including Patti Lupone and Michael Ball. Whilst the critics were scathing of the show it proved a hit with audiences and it transferred later that year to Palace Theatre where it ran until 2004. The show then moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre, previewing on 3 April 2004 and opening on 12 April 2004.
The original 1985 production of Les Miserables will continue to play at the Queen’s Theatre until July 13, 2019.