Les Miserables 25th Anniversary touring production at the Barbican Theatre 14 Sep - 2 Oct 2010

The new touring production of Les Miserables will play the Barbican Theatre (where it originally premiered in 1985) as part of the show’s 25th Anniversary celebrations, from 14 Sep to 2 Oct 2010.

This new production opened in Cardiff in December 2009 and continued in Manchester, Norwich and Birmingham. Future tour dates include Edinburgh, Paris, Bristol, Salford and Southampton prior to this celebratory season at the Barbican in September.

This new production has new direction and new designs inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, and stars John Owen-Jones as ‘Jean Valjean’, Earl Carpenter as ‘Javert’ and Gareth Gates as ‘Marius’.

This new production is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell and designed by Matt Kinley inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Original costumes by Andreane Neofitou, additional costumes by Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

A live cast recording of this production is due for release after Easter.

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.

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