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Cast Update - Les Miserables 25th Anniversary concert O2
Further casting has been announced for Les Miserables in Concert , which takes place at the O2 on Sunday 3 Oct 2010 (1.30pm & 7pm), as part of the show’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.
Ramin Karimloo, (currently starring as ‘The Phantom’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Love Never Dies” at the Adelphi Theatre) will play ‘Enjolras’ and Samantha Barks (currently playing ‘Eponine’ at the Queen’s Theatre) will play ‘Eponine’ in the 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2.
Ramin and Samantha will join the previously announced company of over 300 actors and musicians, including Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Nick Jonas (Marius), Norm Lewis (Javert), Matt Lucas (Thénardier),Lea Salonga (Fantine), Jenny Galloway (Madame Thénardier), Camilla Kerslake (Cosette) and the casts of the Original Production at the Queen’s Theatre, the New 25th Anniversary Production at the Barbican, London and members of the Original 1985 London cast.
Les Miserables will be making theatrical history with an international first - three different productions in London at the same time - the new touring production of Les Miserables will play the Barbican Theatre (where it originally premiered in 1985), from 14 Sep to 2 Oct 2010; and the original show continues to run at the Queen’s Theatre
The concert at O2, and the Barbican production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell and designed by Matt Kinley. Original costumes by Andreane Neofitou, additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.
Les Miserables, played its 10,000th performance in the West End on Tuesday 5 Jan 2010.
Originally opening at the Barbican Theatre on 8 Oct 1985, the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004, where it is currently taking bookings to 26 Feb 2011.
When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the world’s longest running musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in the West End.
Les Miserables, which concerns Love and bravery in 19th century France during the revolutionary struggles, is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. It is adapted by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Les Miserables has been seen by over 56 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 21 languages. There have been 34 cast recordings of "Les Miserables", including the multi-platinum London cast recording and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.
Les Miserables tickets are now on sale