In addition to producing the London and Broadway productions of Les Miz, Mackintosh is best known as the producer of Broadway's two longest-running shows, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. He is currently represented on Broadway by Mary Poppins.
"This is a hugely exciting project that we are undertaking with China's finest performing arts agency, and we deeply appreciate the support of the Chinese Ministry of Culture," said Mackintosh in a statement. "Since my first trip to China in 1990s, I've been fascinated by the country and its people. I'm proud to be able to introduce the very best Western musicals to a country with its own rich musical traditions."