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Petition launched to save the original production of Les Miserables in London

A scene from Les Miserables. Photo: Tristram Kenton A scene from long-running show Les Miserables. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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More than 800 people have signed a petition calling on Cameron Mackintosh to retain the original production of Les Miserables in the West End.

It was launched after news broke that the original production of Les Miserables will close in the West End later this year, with a newer, touring version replacing it.

The petition comes as Frances Ruffelle, the original Eponine in Les Miserables, claimed “nothing else compares” with the original production.

“Les Miserables was successful not just because of Hugo’s amazing story and gorgeous score… but mainly because of the incredible direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn. Their staging on the revolve was staggeringly beautiful it took my breath away every time.. nothing else compares,” she said on Twitter.

Her thoughts have been backed by many of those signing the petition, which argues London is the only place the original can be seen.

“The ‘new’ version does not have the power or magic that has kept audiences coming back for over 30 years,” it steams adding: “By all means keep the ‘reimagined’ one for tours but don’t replace the original.”

Much of the concern focuses on the loss of the revolving stage, which does not feature in the newer version.

One signatory said: “The revolving stage is one of the most iconic and irreplaceable part of Les Mis. It won’t be the same without it. Please, keep it.”

Another wrote: “The touring version is just no where near as good as the original version of the show. The thing that makes this such in iconic show has always been the staging and things like the revolve was and is a huge part of that for the audience.”

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