A concert production of Les Misérables filmed at the Gielgud Theatre in the West End is to become available as a digital download, as part of a charity initiative from Cameron Mackintosh.
The download of the concert, starring Matt Lucas, Carrie Hope Fletcher and Alfie Boe, will cost £9.99. The Mackintosh Foundation will separately donate £5 to be shared among the charity Acting for Others, the Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and Captain Tom Moore’s Walk for the NHS fund.
Mackintosh has launched the fundraising today by donating £100,000 from his foundation.
He said: “I am delighted that UPHE Content Group is releasing Les Misérables - the Staged Concert as a digital download at this time of crisis as it also allows my foundation to help raise much needed funds for particular charities that are under such pressure at the moment. Alongside the concert we will also be releasing a specially created mini documentary called Bringing it Home, which includes footage of the stars at their homes talking about their experiences both of live theatre and the show plus never seen before backstage footage that wonderfully captures the humour, camaraderie and thrill of performing to live audiences in these hauntingly beautiful and exciting historic buildings."
He added: "In these extraordinary times we hope that fans and everyone who loves the theatre will be reminded of how special a theatrical experience can be, going to the very heart of our British culture, which makes our nation so special and unique.”
The concert ran last year at the Gielgud Theatre, while its original home - the Sondheim Theatre - was undergoing major refurbishments.
Mackintosh said plans are in place for Les Misérables to re-open in the West End in the autumn once the government lockdown has ended and the social distancing regulations have been relaxed.