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Les Mis composer Claude-Michel Schonberg takes Oxford professorship

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Les Miserables composer Claude-Michel Schonberg has been named the new visiting professor of contemporary theatre at the University of Oxford.

He replaces Simon Russell Beale in October this year.

Schonberg said: “After a certain age, you want to share what you have learnt about your work and pass it on to the next generation.”

Schonberg will be based at St Catherine’s College. Roger Ainsworth, master of the college, said: “I am thrilled that Claude-Michel will be this year’s Cameron Mackintosh visiting professor of contemporary theatre. Claude-Michel’s eminent position and long-standing experience in contemporary musical theatre make him an apt holder of this title.”

Schonberg co-wrote Les Miserables with Alain Boublil and the show premiered in London in 1985. Their other musicals include Miss Saigon and Martin Guerre.

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