The current West End production of LES MISÉRABLES is set to close at the Queen’s Theatre in July 2019 before transferring to the Gielgud Theatre that same month.
As previously reported, LES MIS will vacate its current home to make way for renovation works which include new lavatories, the restoration of WG Sprague’s original boxes, loges and an entirely rebuilt front of house.
LES MISÉRABLES will subsequently open at the Gielgud Theatre, next door to the Queen’s, where it will temporarily run for 4 months whilst the renovation works take place at the theatre. ‘Exciting’ plans for the Gielgud run are still to be announced by producers of the show. It is unclear at this moment whether we will see Trevor Nunn’s original 1985 staging or the new Laurence O’Connor production currently on tour.
The restored Queen’s Theatre will reopen in December 2019 with the new 25th anniversary production of LES MISÉRABLES, directed by Laurence O’Connor, which premiered in 2009. The production will run indefinitely at the Queen’s with bookings for this run to open in February 2019.
The opening of the new production signifies the closure of Trevor Nunn’s original production which features design by John Napier (including the famous revolve). The current staging at the Queen’s is the last to use the original production with subsequent productions worldwide using the newer 25th anniversary staging.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said: ‘I am continually amazed that LES MIS in its fourth decade continues to break new ground and new records. The show’s astonishing success is tribute to the story’s power to move and inspire which is at the heart of both the original novel and the musical. Tomorrow will always come for LES MIS!’
The show is currently enjoying huge success on a UK and Ireland tour where it has taken a record breaking advance of £30 million with most dates sold out to January 2020. This production will continue to run simultaneously with the London production.
LES MISÉRABLES will run at the Queen’s Theatre until 13th July 2019 with tickets on sale now. The production transfers to the Gielgud Theatre for a limited season through December 2019 where it will reopen at the Queen’s later that month.