Story by Jack Foley
AFTER 18 years and over 7,500 performances, the West End musical
Les Miserables will play its final performance at The Palace
Theatre on March 27, 2004.
It will then storm down Shaftesbury Avenue to The Queens
Theatre and re-open in early April.
The move has been necessitated by Really Useful Theatres need
to make essential renovations to the Palace Theatre which, because
of Les Miss extraordinary run, have long been deferred.
Producer and theatre owner, Cameron Mackintosh, who owns the
Queens, was due to take back the theatre at the expiry of
R.U.T.s lease in 2006.
He then plans to start the redevelopment of the whole Shaftesbury
Avenue site, which includes the Queens and Gielgud theatres
and the creation of the new Sondheim Theatre.
Seen by over 50 million people worldwide, in 38 countries and
in 21 languages, Les Miserables is one of the worlds most
There have been 31 cast recordings, including the multi-platinum
London cast recording and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast
and complete symphonic albums.
The entire cast of the production will move with it and the original
design from the Palace Theatre will be rethought for the Queens
Les Miserables currently stars Jeff Leyton, as Jean Valjean;
Michael McCarthy, as Javert; Stephen Tate, as Monsieur Thénardier;
Jon Lee, as Marius; Katy Secombe, as Madame Thénardier;
Joanna Ampil, as Fantine; Lydia Griffiths, as Cosette; Oliver
Thornton, as Enjolras, and Sophia Ragavelas, as Eponine.
The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production,
by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, is based on
the novel by Victor Hugo, has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music
by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with original text by Alain Boublil
and additional material by James Fenton.
It is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Performance times for the London production at The Palace Theatre
are Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Thursday and Saturday
matinees at 2.30pm. Ticket prices range from £10 - £42.50
and are available from the Palace Theatre Box Office on 020 7494
Les Miserables is now booking through 2005.