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NEWS: A socially distanced Les Misérables – The Staged Concert returns to the West End from 20 May 2021

Performances of Les Misérables – The Staged Concert will resume at the Sondheim Theatre on 20 May 2021, booking to 5 September 2021. Patrons whose bookings were affected by the Government’s previous directives will be contacted from today.

Cameron Mackintosh said: “As the West End marks the first anniversary of the enforced closure of British theatre due to the pandemic, I am delighted to announce that the acclaimed spectacular staged concert of Les Misérables, which previously sold out all performances on Shaftesbury Avenue, will return to the Sondheim Theatre on 20 May 2021 with a reduced capacity and necessary social distancing requirements.

“The Staged Concert will play until 5 September 2021 only, when the theatre will close for three weeks in order to re-mount the full production of Les Misérables which opened just over a year ago to rave reviews. The national tour will also resume performances in November at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow starring Dean Chisnall, Nic Greenshields and Katie Hall.”

Public excitement for Les Misérables – The Staged Concert, which originally had a sell-out season at the Gielgud in August 2019, has been exceptional. Due to extraordinary public demand the last run of the show in December 2020 sold out within 24 hours and was extended twice as a result. After the Government’s updated Covid-19 restrictions the show had to be suspended after only 10 performances.

The production has a company of over 50 actors and musicians drawn from the West End and national tour companies of Les Misérables and will initially play to a 50% seating capacity with strict Covid safety measures in place. Social distancing will be followed front of house, on stage, backstage and throughout the building. The theatre will move to full capacity as soon as the Government allows for it.

The principal cast includes Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, Bradley Jaden as Javert, Lucie Jones as Fantine, Shan Ako as Éponine, Harry Apps as Marius, Gerard Carey as Thénardier and Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier. During the run other celebrated Jean Valjeans will be playing guest performances alongside Robyns.

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 Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel with additional material by James Fenton and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird. The Staged Concert is directed by James Powell and Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy and conducted by Alfonso Casado Trigo.

The new full production of Les Misérables which opened in January 2020 is planned to reopen at the Sondheim Theatre on 25 September 2021 as long as the Government has withdrawn social distancing allowing full capacity audiences and “has made a contingency insurance available for the theatre and music industries in the event of any more sudden unscheduled closures”.

from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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