August 2009: Les Misérables 25th Anniversary Plans & The Pirate Queen Goes To Tokyo

Later this year Les Misérables will enter its 25th year in the West End and in order to celebrate this record-breaking achievement Cameron Mackintosh is presenting a new production of the show, which will begin a major international tour at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 11 December.

Cameron Mackintosh: To celebrate 25 years of Les Misérables I cannot think of a better gift to the show than to deliver a brand new production, just like I did with my critically acclaimed national tours of Mary Poppins and Miss Saigon. For this new production, not only has Victor Hugo inspired Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical adaptation, he has also provided, through some of his extraordinary artwork, the inspiration for the spectacular new sets.

A great cast line up will see John Owen Jones playing Jean Valjean, with Earl Carpenter as Javert and Gareth Gates as Marius.

This exciting new production will be directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell and designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by the works of Victor Hugo and John Napier. Original costumes will be by Andreane Neofitou, with lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.

The Pirate Queen

A Japanese production of The Pirate Queen is due to open on 28 November and run until 25 December 2009 at the Imperial Theatre, Tokyo. It will then play at the Umeda Arts Theatre, Osaka from 1 January to 11 January 2010. It will be produced by TOHO.