Les Misérables continues to be one of the West End's most popular shows, as well as its longest-running since Cats closed on May 11. Up until now it has been seen by young people rather than performed by them, but producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh has licensed a special version for performance in schools, provided none of the performers is aged over 18.
The new Schools Edition will be premiered as part of the International Festival of Musical Theatre in Cardiff in October and will be available to the general (young) public from early November.
One of the many hit songs in Les Misérables is "Little People," about the surprising ability and determination of youngsters, and it looks as though they will have the ability to prove their talents on the British stage as well as — nightly at the Palace — on the barricades of revolutionary Paris.
—By Paul Webb Theatrenow