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Original West End Les Misérables to Be Retired, Replaced by 25th Anniversary Production

The musical has been running in London for 34 years.

A scene from the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables.
A scene from the 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables.
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After more than 30 years on the West End, the original London production of Les Misérables will be retired later this year and replaced by the 25th anniversary staging.

Trevor Nunn and John Caird's production of the Boublil and Schönberg musical, which debuted in 1985, will play the Queen's Theatre until July 13, 2019, at which point the venue will close for four months to undergo extensive renovations, including adding much-needed new bathroom facilities.

While the Queen's Theatre is being restored, Les Misérables will continue performances at the nearby Gielgud Theatre, beginning at the end of July.

Les Misérables will move back to the Queen's Theatre in December 2019, but it will be the newer production, directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell. First performed in 2009, this 25th anniversary staging of the musical has been seen all over the world, including on Broadway.

London was the only city in the world where the original 1985 production of Les Misérables could still be seen.