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14 October

14 October

Sounds of Musical Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh has elaborated on his plans to re-open Les Miserables as a concert production for a Christmas season at the Sondheim Theatre. Announced during Saturday nights Britains Got Talent finale, the show will feature Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Matt Lucas, Carrie Hope Fletcher and more, with John Owen-Jones set to appear for certain performances. Mackintosh said today: The only show of mine that I can consider opening at this time is the hugely successful all-star staged concert of Les Miserables which I produced last year for a sell-out 16 week run at the Gielgud Theatre.

As the production exists it will only require slight re-staging to play safely with social distancing both on stage and throughout the auditorium. Our priority is always that our companies and audiences are in a safe, healthy environment so they can fully enjoy a wonderful show in a beautiful theatre. Mackintosh added that, though it is a risky venture given the nature of lockdown, it is not an unviable project: To comply with regulations the theatres capacity has to be reduced to just over 750 seats.

The authors and theatre have waived their royalties and rent to give the show a chance to break even and our leading artists have all agreed to work for appreciably less than their normal salaries. With such a big spectacular show it is a risk, but with manageable production costs and a short run it is not a catastrophic one. .

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