Casts past and present celebrate Les Misérables 30th anniversary

Rachelle Ann Go from Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre. Picture: Roy Tan

Rachelle Ann Go, in the current cast of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre, will join in the show’s 30th anniversary celebrations on 8 October. Picture: Roy Tan

Stars from the original production of Les Misérables will join members of the current cast in a special charity performance to mark the show’s 30th anniversary on 8 October.

Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, Frances Ruffelle, Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones and Gerónimo Rauch will join the cast for a special finale at the Queen’s Theatre in aid of Save the Children Syria Children’s Appeal.

Revealing ticketing details for the show, Cameron Mackintosh said: “Having already had so many requests to attend this very special anniversary performance, we know we could sell this performance many times over. We are limited by the capacity of the Queen’s Theatre and the number of invited guests who have been involved over the 30 year history, but we wanted to make over 40% of the house available to fans. The only fair way we can get these tickets out to the fans is through a lottery. Everyone involved in Les Misérables also wanted to take the opportunity to raise as much money as they can through the distribution of tickets towards the Save the Children Syria Children’s Appeal.”

Three hundred tickets are being handled by the theatre app TodayTix using its exclusive mobile lottery. Fans can apply for up to two tickets for a donation of £50 per ticket, with TodayTix matching the £50 donation and waiving booking fees for the performance.

Fifty pairs of tickets in the Stalls and Dress Circle are available for auction with a minimum price of £100 per ticket. The auction is accessible via lesmis.com/30.

An additional 25 pairs of tickets will also be made available via TodayTix for a donation of £500 per ticket (in the best Stalls or Dress Circle seats). The ticket price includes interval hospitality at the Queen’s Theatre, invitations to the private after-show party with the artists and creative team, and a limited edition print. These tickets are available via TodayTix on a first come, first served basis.

The mobile lottery and auction close on 2 October at 2pm. Mobile lottery winners will be notified on 2 October via email and push notification. Winners must claim tickets with a £50 donation in the TodayTix app within one hour of notification. Unsuccessful entrants will not be charged but will have the option to donate to Save the Children to gain access to a video recording of the special finale. TodayTix can be downloaded for free via lesmis.com/30. Auction winners will be notified on 2 October and charged the final bid amount.

A spokesperson for Save the Children said: “Save the Children is delighted that our Syria Children’s Appeal will benefit from this 30 year celebration of Les Misérables. This poignant tale of struggle, hope and dreams reflects the human spirit that we see in Syrian families that we work with day in day out.”

The current cast are: Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine, Phil Daniels as Thénardier, Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Eponine, Zoë Doano as Cosette, Bradley Jaden as Enjolras and Rob Houchen as Marius. They are joined by: Adam Bayjou, Sanne den Besten, Edd Campbell Bird, Oliver Brenin, David Burnip, Jordan Lee Davies, Tamsin Dowsett, Katy Hanna, Matthew Harvey, Matt Jeans, Charlotte Kennedy, Emma Kingston, Jo Loxton, Luke McCall, Ryan O’Gorman, Jo Parsons, Adam Pearce, Michael Riseley, Courtney Stapleton, Jessamy Stoddart, Samantha Thomas, Lee Van Geleen, Helen Walsh and Paul Wilkins.

Les Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985. It transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 where it ran for 19 years before moving to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004. It has already played at the Queen’s for 11 years.

London is now home to the only original production of Les Misérables with the new production playing on Broadway and in Australia, Korea and Japan after touring the UK and North America. Future productions are planned in Spain and the Philippines. There are over 3,000 productions of the Les Misérables’ Schools’ Edition scheduled or being performed by more than 150,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia, making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of the show is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. The original London 1985 production of Les Misérables was adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

Angela Thomas

www.lesmis.com/30

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