The top reasons why you need to see the return of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre

By | Posted on 16-Dec-2019

The top reasons why you need to see the return of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre

After scheduled renovation works saw the French flag in Les Miserables flown for one last time at the Queens Theatre, the epic, revolutionary musical returns to the West End from December 2019. Playing at the newly named Sondheim Theatre, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s musical tells of an inspirational, heroic man who breaks free from his life to embark on an unbelievable journey. Whether you’ve never seen the musical before or you know the show inside out, find out why you need to see the return of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre with us. Don’t wait one day more. Book Les Miserables tickets now.

Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre

The powerful story will stay with you forever

Often considered to be one of the greatest musical of all time, Les Miserables is the epic tale of Jean Valjean, a chain gang member who tries to break away from his past and free himself from bad fortune. After receiving help from a priest, he reflects on his life thus far, deciding to start afresh. That’s until he takes in a surrogate daughter named Cosette, caring for her in post-Revolutionary France amidst a backdrop of fraternity, equality and freedom.

As well as student unrest in the cities and life-changing fights on the barricade, there’s also plenty of exciting moments to watch out for, including a blossoming romance between Cosette and local revolutionary Marius Pontmercy, as well as a visit to the Thenardiers. But, as Valjean plans to move away from the French capital, the fight for the right to be free grows.

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You’ll be able to see West End stars on stage

In its 34 years of West End history, plenty of famous faces from the world of theatre have performed in Les Miserables, including Patti LuPone, Michael Ball, Alfie Boe and Lea Salonga. Continuing tradition, you’ll be able to watch West End stars in this new production, led by Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, who returns to the musical after playing Marius in 2009.

He’s joined by Bradley Jaden as Javert, who recently starred as Enjolras in the Les Miserables All-Star Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre, as well as All-Star Staged Concert alum Carrie Hope Fletcher reprising her role as Fantine.

The Thenardiers will be played by Gerard Carey as Thenardier, whose West End credits include The Jungle at the Playhouse Theatre and Half a Sixpence at the Noel Coward Theatre. He’ll be joined by Chicago, Merrily We Roll Along and Sweet Charity star Josefina Gabrielle a Madame Thenardier.

After making their West End debuts in this year’s Les Mis All-Star Staged Concert, Shan Ako will reprise her performance as Eponine, with Lily Kerhoas as Cosette. The pair both graduated from drama school this year, so it’s your chance to see the stars of tomorrow on stage!

The cast is completed by Kelly Agbowu, Ciarán BowlingRichard Carson, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Harry Dunnett, Jessie Hart, Jessica Joslin, Sarah Lark, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Luke McCall, Leo Miles, Claire O’Leary, Shane O’Riordan, Kathy Peacock, Sam Peggs, Mark Pearce, Emma Warren, Sake Wijers, Mared Williams and Samuel Wyn-Morris.

Rachelle Ann Go will play the role of Fantine from 2 March 2020 until 18 April 2020, and then again from 27 July 2020 onwards.

It’s the longest-running musical in the West End

Reopening at the Sondheim Theatre, did you know that this marks Les Miserables‘ fourth West End venue? Since the musical opened in 1985, it’s been performed at the Barbican, the Palace Theatre and over 70 million people have seen the show worldwide, so you won’t want to miss out on being a part of this global musical phenomenon.

Barbican28th September 1985 – November 1985
Palace Theatre4th December 1985 – March 2004
Queen’s Theatre12th April 2004 – 13th July 2019, 18 December 2019
Sondheim Theatre18th December 2019 – Present

It’s a brand new production coming to London

With the reopening of Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre, you’ll also be able to see a brand new production that’s never been seen in the West End before, as the national touring production heads into Theatreland. While it may not feature a revolving barricade, the show will still feature all your favourite songs and emotionally-charged moments from the musical, so you can’t afford to miss this production!

The musical is filled with songs you’ll recognise

Les Miserables features an original book by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, along with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. During the musical, you’ll be able to listen to Fantine sing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ as she ponders over her life, follow the love triangle of Marius, Eponine and Cosette in ‘In My Life/A Heart Full of Love’ and be with the men on the barricade in ‘Drink With Me’. This sung-through musical features a rousing score that will stay with you forever.

It’s being performed at a newly renovated venue

Les Miserables will reopen at the newly-named Sondheim Theatre, so it’s your first chance to visit the iconic West End theatre after its renovation which took place earlier this year. Previously named the Queen’s Theatre, the Sondheim Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 6BA) and it’s right in the heart of London, close to the Lyric Theatre, the Apollo Theatre and the Gielgud Theatre. If you’re visiting the Sondheim Theatre by train, the nearest station is Charing Cross, which is a 10-15 minute walk away from the theatre. London Underground services are available at Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly lines), with Covent Garden and Tottenham Court Road tube stations nearby, so you’ll be able to visit Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre easily.

When is Les Miserables in the West End?

Les Miserables is at the Sondheim Theatre from 18th December 2019, where it will run open-ended, but you’ll want to book tickets to see it as soon as you can.

Photo credit: Matthew Murphy (Touring production)