Michael Ball to lead concert version of Les Miserables in London
Ball returns to the production after starring in the original Barbican production in 1985 before it transferred to the West End’s Palace Theatre. The production has been running in the West End ever since.
Ball will play Inspector Javert in the staged concert production of the musical, with his regular collaborator Alfie Boe starring as Jean Valjean.
The cast also includes Carrie Hope Fletcher, fresh from her run in Heathers the Musical in the West End, as Fantine. She returns to the musical after playing both Eponine and the character’s younger self in the West End in 2001, and in 2014.
Matt Lucas will also feature in the concert production at the Gielgud Theatre, taking on the role of Thenardier. Lucas played the role in a 2010 celebration of the musical’s 25th anniversary at The O2 Arena, and then went on to take over the role in the West End production the following year.
Les Miserables will play its final performance before the refurbishment of the Queen’s Theatre on 13th July 2019. The first performance of the sixteen-week run at the Gielgud Theatre will be on 10th August, before the musical reopens at the Queen’s in December 2019.
It was also announced by producer Cameron Mackintosh that when the musical is reinstated at the Queen’s Theatre, it will be the ‘new version’ of the production which was created to tour the UK, meaning the ‘original’ 1985 production, which was directed by Trevor Nunn will end in the summer.
Les Miserables In Concert tickets will be available soon.