Les Miserables – 25th Anniversary Spectacular Coming Live to a Cinema

Audiences around the world are invited to join LES MISÉRABLES in celebrating its 25th Anniversary on 3 October when the “people’s musical” is beamed live via satellite to cinemas across the globe from the O2 Arena where a special 25th Anniversary Concert will be held in its honour.

The world’s longest running musical will be screened live in more than 130 cinemas nation-wide across the UK and more widely, throughout Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. European countries joining in the big screen birthday party include Germany, The Netherlands, Ireland, Norway and Denmark.

Full listings for participating cinemas and ticket information is available from www.cinestage.net

The 25th Anniversary Concert, produced by Cameron Mackintosh in association with Universal Pictures, will feature over 500 actors and musicians, with star performances from a host of internationally renowned performers including Alfie Boe as “Jean Valjean”, Nick Jonas as “Marius”, Norm Lewis as “Javert”, Matt Lucas as “Thénardier”, Lea Salonga as “Fantine”, Jenny Galloway as “Madame Thénardier”, Ramin Karimloo as “Enjolras”, Camilla Kerslake as “Cosette” and Samantha Barks as “Eponine.”

“We are delighted to be working with Cameron Mackintosh on this hugely exciting event,” says Omniverse’s Grant Calton. “Our goal at Omniverse Vision is to bring exclusive one-off events such as the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary concert to the huge fanbase that the show has around the world. Fans who may not be able to see such events live can now take a great seat in the house and enjoy the spectacle on the big screen with full surround sound”

“LES MISÉRABLES” originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004 where it continues to play to packed houses.

When “LES MISÉRABLES” celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World’s Longest Running Musical. In January 2010 the West End production broke another record by celebrating an historic 10,000th performances. Seen by over 57 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages, “LES MISÉRABLES” is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals ever written.

The acclaimed New 25th Anniversary production, currently breaking box office records throughout the UK and opening in countries all over the world, will play for 22 performances only in its original home at the Barbican Theatre, London from 14 September — 2 October.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of “LES MISÉRABLES” is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. The original London 1985 production of “LES MISÉRABLES” was adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

The O2 Concert is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, conducted by David Charles Abell, and designed by Matt Kinley. Original costumes by Andreane Neofitou, additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Patrick Woodroffe and Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables

The new 25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables is transferring to London later this year for a limited season running simultaneously with the ongoing West End production of the original version at the Queen’s Theatre.  This will be the first time that two productions of the same musical will run in the same city at the same time. Just prior to the actual anniversary date, the tour will visit the Barbican Theatre from 14th September to 2nd October 2010. Interestingly enough, the musical had its world premiere there on 8th October 1985.

The new 25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables istransferring to London later this year for a limited season runningsimultaneously with the ongoing West End production of the original versionat the Queen’s Theatre. This will be the first time that two productions ofthe same musical will run in the same city at the same time. Just prior to the actual anniversary date, the tour will visit the BarbicanTheatre from 14th September to 2nd October 2010. Interestingly enough, themusical had its world premiere there on 8th October 1985.

Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is sent to prison for 19 years for the simple crime of stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean breaks his parole and starts a “new life” with a “new name”, free from crime and prison. He works his way up through society and becomes mayor of a small town.

Meanwhile, Valjean is hunted down by Javert, the policeman who’s lifelong search for Valjean and his capture has now become an obsession. Can Javert accept that Valjean is a good and honest man ? Can Valjean avoid being recaptured?

Les Miserables has indisputably become the world’s most popular musical, having been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, in 38 countries and in 21 languages. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Set in 19th century France, the dramatic score includes the songs ‘On My Own’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’.

There have been 31 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast album and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.

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