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Les Miserables to transfer to Gielgud while current West End home undergoes renovation

Les Miserables at the Queen's in London's West End. Photo: Shutterstock Les Miserables at the Queen's in London's West End. Photo: Shutterstock
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Les Miserables is to transfer to the Gielgud Theatre for a four-month season while the Queen’s Theatre, its current West End home, undergoes a renovation.

However, when the Queen’s reopens in December 2019, it will be the new 2009 production that will open there.

The announcement comes alongside news that a UK tour of the newer production of the musical has already taken a record breaking advance of £30 million.

Premiering on Broadway, the new production was created for the show’s 25th anniversary in 2009. It has already toured the US and the UK, with current box office income for the US tour standing at $250 million (£196 million).

The latest UK tour of the new production opened in Dublin in December 2018, and runs until January 2020, visiting locations including Manchester, Birmingham, Milton Keynes and Newcastle.

The original 1985 production of Les Miserables will continue to play at the Queen’s Theatre until July 13, 2019.

It will then transfer to the Gielgud in late July for a four-month season, with further details to be announced.

The Queen’s Theatre will reopen in December 2019, with the 2009 production.

The Queen’s Theatre is owned by Cameron Mackintosh, who produces both versions of Les Miserables.

Mackintosh said: “I am continually amazed that Les Miserables in its fourth decade continues to break new ground and new records.

“The show’s astonishing success is tribute to the story’s power to move and inspire which is at the heart of both the original novel and the musical. Tomorrow will always come for Les Miserables.”