Not everyone is fully versed on the ins and outs of the West End, but there are a few elite shows that everyone will be able to name and amongst them is the long-running Les Misérables. Having opened in London back in 1985 it has now had a home in the West End for a quarter of a century and the organisers of the show are not going to let this milestone go by without pause for celebration.
So in 2010, audiences in London will be treated to the “Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Concert”, a one-off celebration of one of the most famous stage musicals in the world.
Les Misérables follows the cat and mouse chase between ex-con Jean Valjean and Police Inspector Javert as the threat of revolution looms over Paris. We meet the former as he is released from prison, only to be shunned by the local community and taken in by a local priest. Javert comes into his life when he is caught stealing silver and the priest is forced to lie for him, with the Police Inspector suspicious of their story and determined to get to the bottom of the situation. So over a period of twenty years Javert chases Valjean, hoping to put the man who broke his parole back behind bars.
Cameron Makintosh’s acclaimed musical first opened at the Barbican Theatre in 1985 and transferred to the Palace Theatre later that year. It remained in this location for almost twenty years before transferring to its current home of the Queen’s Theatre in 2004.
Its appearance in October will make it the third production of the show to appear in the capital throughout 2010. Of course the main version at the Queen’s Theatre will continue for the foreseeable future, whilst a staging at the Barbican Theatre will run from mid September to early October, ending a day before the 25th Anniversary Concert opens its doors.
Appearing in the 25th Anniversary Concert is the tenor Alfie Boe, a performer who has appeared in a whole host of television shows and prestigious performances over a successful career. His credits include the ITV Music of Morse Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, “Kismet” for the ENO and the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
His co-stars include “Little Britain” star Matt Lucas and singing sensation Nick Jonas, one third of the popular Jonas Brothers.
Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert is at the O2 on Sunday 3rd October 2010.
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