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Exciting times for Miz in 2019

LES MISÉRABLES, the World’s longest running musical produced by Cameron Mackintosh, continues its astounding success into its 34th year, confounding the British critics who dismissed it when it first opened.

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 and details of further UK and European dates will be announced shortly.

The Original 1985 production of LES MISÉRABLES can now only be seen at the Queen’s Theatre, London where it continues its record-breaking run, still playing to 95% capacity and nightly standing ovations. It previously played at the Barbican and Palace Theatres.  The recent Christmas weeks broke all box office records at the Queen’s.

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.

LES MISÉRABLES 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.

The Original London production at the Queen’s Theatre 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 brilliant company is now being put together and bookings will open in February.

While the Queen’s Theatre is being restored, LES MISÉRABLES will continue in performance on Shaftesbury Avenue with exciting plans being announced shortly for a four-month season at the Gielgud Theatre from the end of July 2019.

In America, the current tour of the New production, which is playing major cities across the US and Canada until 2021, continues to play to 95% attendance and has grossed over $250million at the box office to date.

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!”

Victor Hugo would 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!

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Major cast changes for Les Miz London!

From Monday 11 June 2018, there will be major cast changes at the West End production of “LES MISÉRABLES” at the Queen’s Theatre, which is now in its record breaking 33rd year.

Cameron Mackintosh is delighted to announce that Dean Chisnall will star as ‘Jean Valjean’; Toby Miles as ‘Marius’; Elena Skye as ‘Eponine’; Vivien Parry as ‘Madame Thénardier’; Samuel Edwards as 'Enjolras' and Amara Okereke as ‘Cosette’.

Continuing in their roles are Steven Meo as ‘Thénardier’ and Carley Stenson as ‘Fantine’.

David Thaxton continues to play the role of ‘Javert’ until Saturday 21 July, with Bradley Jaden starring as ‘Javert’ from Monday 23 July.

 

From Monday 11 June 2018 the company will be: Tegan Bannister; Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou; Ciarán Bowling; Oliver Brenin; Dean Chisnall; Grace Farrell; Sophie-May Feek; Adam Filipe; Antony Hanson; Sam Harrison; Barnaby Hughes; James Hume; Ciaran Joyce; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Sarah Lark, Hannah Grace Lawson; Jessica Lee; Jo Loxton; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Toby Miles; James Nicholson; Amara Okereke; Vivien Parry; Carley Stenson; Elena Skye; David Thaxton; Ben Tyler; Joe Vetch; Raymond Walsh and Andrew York

Dean Chisnall’s most recent theatre credits include the UK tour of “Blood Brothers” “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ The Musical” at the Menier Chocolate Factory; “Working” at the Southwark Playhouse; “Shrek” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane and UK tour; “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre; “La Cage Aux Folles” at the Playhouse Theatre and “Never Forget” at the Savoy Theatre.

Bradley Jaden is currently appearing as ‘Fiyero’ in “Wicked” at the Victoria Apollo Theatre.  He returns to “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre having originally played ‘Enjolras’ in the 30th Anniversary cast. His other theatre credits include: the UK tour of “Ghost The Musical”; “Shrek The Musical” at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane; “The Blues Brothers” at the Edinburgh Festival and Stiles and Drewe’s “Peter Pan” at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.  His TV credits include “Emmerdale” on ITV and “Sugar Rush” on Channel 4.

Toby Miles has recently graduated from Arts Educational Schools, London and will be making his professional and West End debut in the role of ‘Marius’.

Elena Skye has just finished playing the role of ‘Lauren’ in “Kinky Boots” at the Adelphi Theatre having made her West End debut in the production in 2016.

Vivien Parry’s most recent theatre credits include: “Half A Sixpence” at the Noël Coward Theatre, “A Christmas Carol”, “Twelfth Night”, A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “The Shoemaker’s Holiday” for the Royal Shakespeare Company; “The Girls” UK tour and “Top Hat” at the Aldwych Theatre. Other previous West End credits include: “Mamma Mia!” at the Prince of Wales Theatre; “Fame” at the Cambridge Theatre and “Blood Brothers” at the Phoenix Theatre. Her film credits include Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in 2017.

Samuel Edwards returns to “Les Misérables” at the Queens Theatre having previously played the role of ‘Feuilly’ in 2013. His other theatre credits include: “On The Town” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre; “Xanadu” at Southwark Playhouse; the UK Tour of “Wicked”; “Ghost The Musical” at the Piccadilly Theatre and “The Sound of Music” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

Amara Okereke trained at Arts Educational Schools, London and The National Youth Music Theatre.  Her theatre credits for the National Youth Music Theatre include: “The Hired Man” at The Other Palace; “West Side Story” at Manchester Warehouse and “13 The Musical” at the Apollo Theatre.

Carley Stenson’s West End credits include 'Elle Woods' in “Legally Blonde”, 'Princess Fiona' in “Shrek The Musical” and 'Lady of the Lake' in “Spamalot”. Carley also starred as 'Christine Colgate' in the tour of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”. She is probably best known for playing the regular role of 'Steph Cunningham' in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks, for which she was nominated for several awards during her 10 years with the show.

Steven Meo’s previous theatre credits include “Pride & Prejudice” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and on UK tour; “The Taming of the Shrew”, “Boeing Boeing”, “Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog” all for Theatre Clwyd; “The Distance” for Sheffield Crucible/Orange Tree Theatre and “Flesh and Blood” for Hampstead Theatre and on tour.

David Thaxton previously played ‘Javert’ in 2014, and has also played the role of ‘Enjolras’ in “Les Misérables” at the Queen’s Theatre. His additional theatre credits include ‘Giorgio’ in “Passion” at the Donmar Warehouse, for which he won an Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical, ‘Pilate’ in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, ‘Raoul’ in “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi and ‘Major John Howard’ in “Only The Brave” at Wales Millennium Centre.

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