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NEWS: Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher & Matt Lucas will star in Les Misérables concert version when show moves to the Gielgud

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Cameron Mackintosh has announced that for 16 weeks only Michael Ball (Javert), Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Fantine) and Matt Lucas (Thénardier) will lead a large cast and orchestra of over 65 in the concert version of Les Misérables.

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NEWS: West End’s Les Misérables will switch to the Gielgud Theatre in July 2019 when four-month Queen’s refurbishment begins

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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.

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The Show People Podcast: How Oliver Savile has forged his career as a leading man

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Oliver Savile may be best recognised for playing Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked. He speaks with Director Andrew Keates all about his life and career, including growing up in Buxton and failing all of his GCSEs at school, his struggles with Dyslexia and how he discovered the performing arts and forged his career as a leading man.

Ollie talks about his time at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, discovering his long-time agent Shane Collins, going straight into the UK tour of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, seeing the world on the international tour of Mamma Mia!, playing Peter Tork in the UK tour of Monkee Business, his recurring appearances in the West End production of Les Miserables, working with Gillian Lynne in the UK tour of Cats, playing Raoul in The Phantom of The Opera, his delight playing Robert in Company in Aberdeen, his recent role playing Hugo in Knights Of The Rose and of course, discussing his incredible time playing Wicked’s famous prince.

This is an episode full of laughs and even a special appearance from Toby Page – The Show People Podcast podcat.

Episode features include:

Theatrical Tips:
Andrew shares his top theatrical tips of things to see this September 2018, including There is Nothin’ Like a Dame at Cadogan Hall, Distance at the Park Theatre, Sylvia at The Old Vic and Company at the Gielgud Theatre.

The Platform:
Today’s platform is given to Therapy  – The Musical with music by Jordan Li-Smith and book and lyrics by Ray Rackham. We hear a song from the show called So What performed by Belinda Wollaston.

Show People Podcast Challenges
We challenge our special guest to remember his CV in 60 seconds, discover what he would need to survive if stranded in Whitley Bay and course ask hysterical and outrageous questions in our famous Funny Five Minutes section.

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One day more: In her new book Sarah Whitfield asks why theatre fans – including her Dad – make such a special connection to Les Miserables

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When Sarah Whitfield was offered the chance to pitch a book for Routledge’s Fourth Wall series (a collection of short accessible introductions to plays and musicals), Les Misérables was the musical that struck her first.