While London’s Queen’s Theatre is being restored, the West End production of Les Misérables will continue in performance on Shaftesbury Avenue with plans being announced shortly for a four-month season at the Gielgud Theatre from the end of July 2019.
The original London production, which can now only been seen at the Queen’s, will play until 13 July 2019. The theatre will then close for four months of rebuilding work both backstage and in the auditorium as well as adding many much-needed new lavatories to the front of house.
This work will restore architect W.G. Sprague’s original boxes and loges which, along with the entire front of house, were destroyed by a bomb in 1940 and caused the theatre to be closed for 20 years.
The restored Queen’s Theatre will reopen in December of 2019 with the new production of Les Misérables, continuing its phenomenal run indefinitely. A company is now being put together and bookings will open in February 2019.
The acclaimed new production was created for the show’s 25th anniversary in the UK in 2009 and has gone on to enjoy huge success around the world all over again, including returning to Broadway.
The new touring production which has just opened to rave reviews in Dublin has already taken a record-breaking advance of over £30 million with most dates sold out until January 2020, including Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff and Plymouth. There are just a few seats remaining in Milton Keynes, Bradford, Newcastle and Liverpool. Southampton goes on sale early in February 2019 and details of further UK and European dates will be announced shortly.
Cameron Mackintosh said:
“I am continually amazed that Les Mis in its fourth decade continues to break new ground and new records. The show’s astonishing success is 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 Mis!”
Les Misérables and The Lion King are the most financially successful productions in the history of the West End. Last year this production distributed a further 280% return of profit, giving the original investors a total return of over 3500% on their original investment – an unprecedented feat for any musical in its fourth decade.
The Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg musical has been performed in 52 countries and 22 languages and won over 100 international awards. The combined audience for the show and the Academy Award-winning film is 120 million people. The film is one of the 10 biggest movie musical box office successes of all time.
Victor Hugo might have been amused by the social media storm created by the BBC’s “song-free” adaptation of the novel and thrilled that when Notre Dame De Paris, the musical version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame returns to London later this month at the Coliseum (frequent home to his other much revived musical hit Rigoletto), he will have two musicals running in the West End.