Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will return to London’s West End this Christmas with an all-star cast featuring Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas and Carrie Hope-Fletcher.
Playing for a strictly limited 6-week run at the Sondheim Theatre from 5 December, Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will operate with reduced seating capacity of 750 people with strict covid safety measures and social distancing in place.
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!
The only show of mine that I can consider opening at this time is the hugely successful all-star staged concert ofLes Misérables which I produced last year for a sell-out 16 week run at the Gielgud Theatre.
As the production exists it will only require slight re-staging to play safely with social distancing both on stage and throughout the auditorium. Our priority is always that our companies and audiences are in a safe, healthy environment so they can fully enjoy a wonderful show in a beautiful theatre.”
Reprising their roles from the 2019 Staged Concert production will be 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 sell-out production ran at the Gielgud Theatre last year whilst the newly re-named Sondheim Theatre was undergoing extensive renovations.
Les Misérables’ legendary score includes numerous classics including I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many many more.
Due to the restricted seating capacity, the authors and theatre have waived their royalties and rent to give the show a chance to break even. The lead artists have also agreed to work for less than their normal salaries.
Les Miserables – The Staged Concert joins a small but growing list of shows which will run over Christmas including Pantoland at the Palladium, Six, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, The Play That Goes Wrong, Magic Goes Wrong, Death Drop, Potted Panto and The Great Gatsby Immersive Experience.
The shows return to the West End in December will coincide with the musical’s 35th anniversary playing on Shaftesbury Avenue.
Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will run from 5 December until 17 January 2021 at the Sondheim Theatre, London.