Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables is celebrating another milestone with the news that its latest production will open in Singapore next year two decades after it first played in the country.
The acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical will open at Singapore’s Esplanade Theatre in May 2016 with tickets going on sale from today (Monday 2 November).
Revealing details of the Singapore season, Mackintosh said: “Next year will mark 20 years since Les Misérables was last in Singapore, and I am excited to now be bringing the new production to the Esplanade, which has proved just as successful all over the world as the original production that has just celebrated its 30th anniversary in London – the only place in the world where you can still see the original production.
“Having created my new production over five years ago to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Les Misérables, it is now in its second year on Broadway, and broken box office records across America and in Canada for over three years, with separate companies in Japan, Korea, Spain and of course Australia, where it is sweeping all the top awards. I am delighted to bring this hugely successful new production to Singapore with this incredible cast.”
The chief executive of MediaCorp, Shaun Seow, added: “MediaCorp, through our live entertainment company VizPro, is delighted to be presenting Cameron Mackintosh’s much loved musical in Singapore. We have a growing audience for world-class theatre which will no doubt be thrilled by this new version of Les Misérables, one of the most enduring and galvanising pieces of theatre in the world.”
The production’s cast will be headed by established actor and musical theatre star, Simon Gleeson who recently collected the prestigious Australian Helpmann Award for his performance as Valjean. Javert will be played by Earl Carpenter, fresh from his performance in the role in the Broadway company of Les Misérables. The cast also includes Patrice Tipoki as Fantine; Kerrie Anne Greenland as Eponine; Chris Durling as Enjolras and Emily Langridge as Cosette, who all come directly from performing the show in Sydney.
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 where it has already played for 11 years.
London is now home to the only original production of Les Misérables with the new production playing on Broadway, Australia, Korea, Japan after touring the UK and North America. Future productions are planned in Spain and the Philippines. There are more than 3,000 productions of the Les Misérables’ Schools’ Edition scheduled or being performed by over 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.