It’s nearly a decade since it last toured UK stages, in which time a new generation has fallen in love with the film, but Les Misérables finally returns to the road next year. And Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre is one of the lucky venues to be hosting it. The stirring tale of the 1832 Paris Uprising, this much-loved musical transfers to the theatre on 22 January 2019, after opening at the Curve in Leicester in November.
Currently, this version of the show is on a sell-out tour of North America, following its Broadway run. Producer Cameron Mackintosh said of the show, “Since I first conceived the new production of Les Misérables to celebrate the shows 25th anniversary in 2009, this production has taken the world by storm – more than matching the success of the original, which can now only be seen in London.”
It includes scenery inspired by the paintings of the writer, Victor Hugo. 59 Productions, familiar to Edinburgh audiences from their spectacular work on the Edinburgh International Festival openings, will provide projections.
The musical is a genuinely worldwide phenomenon, having been seen in 45 countries and in 22 languages by over 120 million people, and its songs, including I Dreamed A Dream, Do You Hear The People Sing? and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables have become popular favourites.
Tickets are available to Friends of the Theatre already, and on sale to the general public from 12 March. Move quick – the last tour sold out in days. Further tour dates are to be announced.