Les Miserables extended until 27 Oct 2012

The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables has extended its booking period until 27 Oct 2012 at the Queen’s Theatre, London.

Les Miserables has indisputably become the world’s most popular musical, having been seen by over 55 million people worldwide, in 40 countries and in 21 languages and is approaching it’s 25th year. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation 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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Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas will join the cast of Les Mis

It has been confirmed that Alfie Boe and Matt Lucas will join the cast of Les Mis as Jean Valjean and Thénardier respectively from June, having both performed in the show’s 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 in 2010.

Lucas is best known with his comedy partner David Walliams in Tv’s Little Britain and Come Fly With Me. His West End credits include “Taboo” at the Venue in 2002 and “Prick Up Your Ears” at the Comedy Theatre in 2009.

Lucas will appear from June 23rd until September 10th.

Boe is a tenor and recording artist, who shot to fame while starring in Baz Luhrmann’s “La Boheme” on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for his performance. His recent opera engagements have included a return to the English National Opera to sing ‘Nadir’ in a new production of “The Pearl Fishers” and also his return to the Royal Opera House in Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette”.

Alfie Boe will perform from June 23rd until November 26th excluding the following:  Mon Eves, Wed mats and 6th, 20th Aug, 10th Sep, w/c 19 sept, w/c 31 Oct, 12th Nov, 18th Nov.

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Huge Success for Les Mis Live Cinema Event

The live satellite broadcast of Les Miserables, The 25th Anniversary Concert  from The O2 to almost 200 cinemas across the UK and Europe on Sunday night (3 October 2010) has been dubbed a major success by UK cinema chains and alternative content producer & distributor, Omniverse Vision.  The event is believed to be the best-attended live cinema event ever in the UK.

With multiple sell-out venues across Britain, the show was broadcast on extra screens due to popular demand at regional cinemas and the average occupancy of screens around the UK was 90%.

Grant Calton, Omniverse Vision director: “We are delighted to be working with Cameron Mackintosh on such an important concert and to deliver such a spectacular success to cinemas with our debut live event. We anticipate similar success around the world with further screenings of the concert as advance demand has been outstanding“

Over 180 cinemas screened the concert live across UK, Ireland, Denmark, Norway and Germany with ticket sales for the live cinema events across Europe selling more than 34,000 admissions. A total cinema audience of over 36,000 meant that the combined audience for Sunday’s event totalled over 68,000 joining in the celebrations as the spectacular show was performed in front of a capacity crowd at the O2 Arena, London.

Cameron Mackintosh: “Sunday night was an extraordinary experience for everyone at The O2, so it is thrilling to hear that the response in the cinema’s was just as emotional, with audiences crying, cheering and standing, just as if they were at the live event. Great theatrical events can now have an even greater worldwide audience”

Canada provided the next stop for the cinema broadcast where it rolled out across the country on Monday (4 October 2010) before travelling to Australia on 21 October for screenings nationwide – full details of screens and ticket information is available at Omniverse Vision’s www.cinestage.net.

Les Miserables In Concert, The 25th Anniversary concert will then get a full national release in more than 400 movie theaters across America in mid-November with dates and locations to be announced imminently.

Omniverse Vision’s next cinema event will be a major Bon Jovi concert scheduled to hit screens across Europe in November.  Details are to be released later this month.

Les Miserables at Barbican Theatre from 14th Sep to 02 Oct 2010

Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s legendary musical, LES MISERABLES, with glorious new staging and spectacular reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.

This new production has already been acclaimed by critics, fans and new audiences and is breaking box office records across the UK. Cameron Mackintosh is now ‘Bringing her Home’ to play at the Barbican Theatre in London (where it originally premiered in 1985) as part of the show’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Les Mis will run for 22 performances only between 14 September – 2 October 2010. This will be the first time anywhere in world that two productions of the same musical are playing in the same city, giving London theatre-goers the only chance of seeing this acclaimed new production.

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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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Les Miserables Reviews

“With much sledgehammer-like subtlety, Victor Hugo’s novel blasts onstage in a performance that, by no surprise, marks a justification for the musical’s 16th consecutive year in the West End.

Recalling that the original production was by the Royal Shakespeare Company – can its restructuring repeat such highs? – this show crushes later rivals that attempted to conquer such grandiose spectacle.

Les Miserables has a mosaic of characters – police, prostitutes and pragmatic students – woven onto an automatically dramatic backdrop of tragic revolution in France where there is glory in death for a cause.

Its real star, apart from a world-class performance by Hans-Peter Janssens as fugitive turned fighter Jean Valjean, is the pounding, slippery, exquisite score by Claude-Michel Schonberg. Like the production, it has heavy operatic influence. The music is almost incidentally orchestrated, perched to provide a clear path for the vocal crescendos. The score is also oddly uncommercial. There are few hummable choruses with plain chord structure but there are dozens of intricate, consistently strong melodies that carry Herbert Kretzmer’s digestible lyrics.

This wielding backbone is augmented by designer John Napier’s revolving stage, atmospherically effective with David Hersey’s lighting and directors John Caird and Trevor Nunn crackling over decades and cities.

Although almost every number is as strong as a finale, the passion – death, romance or obsession – often provides touching moments such as policeman Javert’s search of the dead and Valjean’s Bring Him Home.

The swinging rowdiness of Master of the House is a welcome variance from the enthralling pomposity of the show’s unrelenting ambition, which supersedes itself when Javert avows to the stars that he will hunt down Valjean. Les Mis is an overwhelming and exhilarating experience that remains a grand daddy musical. ” The Stage

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