BREAKING NEWS: After over 30 years of DREAMING THE DREAM, it has just been announced the Trevor Nunn and John Caird's still standing legendary original production of the iconic Les Miserables – Musical will be end its historical run in London's West End this Summer 2019 after over 15,000 performances. The show will play its final performance at London's Queens Theatre on July 13th, 2019.
However, LES MISERABLES is not exactly leaving London just yet. The Queens Theatre will be going through a 4 month renovation and the show will reopen there in December 2019. However, LES MIZ will return with Cameron Mackintosh's critically acclaimed new production that was made for musical's 25th Anniversary (directed by Laurence Connor) that initially toured the UK, North America (including Broadway in 2014), Australia, and around the world. This new production features an incredible mix of old and new elements including a little bit of some familiar costumes, new staging, and a full new set inspired by the paintings of the original novel's author himself… Victor Hugo. The new London production will also feature an entire new cast plus reworked orchestrations.
The 4 month renovation on the Queen's Theatre will consist of the redoing both the backstage and the auditorium. The biggest part of the project will be the restoring the original boxes, and loges,(designed by the Queen's Theatre's architect W.G. Sprague). The initial design was destroyed by a bomb back in 1940 which the Queen's Theatre was shut down for 20 years. In addition, the renovation will include adding more public bathrooms in the front of house.
While the renovation is happening, LES MISERABLES will be temporary transferring next door to the Gielgud Theatre for a 4 month run starting the end of July 2019. No word whether the original staging will be performed there or the new production.
Thoughts about the big change for LES MIZ in London? Who is sad to see that iconic turn table spin for the last time?