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Les Miserables to retain world record despite switching productions

A scene from Les Miserables at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin A scene from Les Miserables at Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin. Photo: Matthew Murphy
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Les Miserables will hold on to its title of the longest-running musical in the West End, despite the change in production happening later this year.

The current Guinness World Records listing for Les Miserables was awarded to the London production on January 2015, for the longest-running musical in the West End. At that point, it had run for 29 years and 47 days.

Guinness lists the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company as the record holder.

However, that production will leave the West End later this year, to be replaced with a version based on the touring staging. This will no longer be produced with the RSC, but Guinness said it will still hold the record.

A spokeswoman for GWR said: “The records team have confirmed that Les Mis will remain the record holder in this category.”

The current production of Les Miserables will leave the Queen’s Theatre later this year, and will have a four-month run at the next-door Gielgud Theatre, while the Queen’s undergoes refurbishment.

The touring version of the musical will be the production that reopens at the Queen’s in December. This has a different creative team to that of the original.

Earlier this week, The Stage reported how RSC bosses are currently in negotiations with Mackintosh about royalty entitlements once the current production closes.

RSC begins crunch talks with Cameron Mackintosh over Les Miserables royalties

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