Michael Ball, who created the role of Marius in the original U.K. production of Les Misérables, will return to the international hit musical this summer in the role of Javert.
The concert staging of the musical based on the Victor Hugo novel—previously seen in London at the Royal Albert Hall and the O2 Arena—will run August 10–November 30 at the Gielgud Theatre, next door to the current home of Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre.
Ball will be joined by Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine, Matt Lucas as Thénardier, and Katy Secombe as Madame Thénardier with further casting to be announced; for three performances a week, the role of Jean Valjean will be played by John Owen-Jones. The artists will be backed by an orchestra of over 65 players.
The original London production, currently at the Queen’s Theatre (following runs at the Barbican and the Palace Theatre), will play until July 13, when the theatre will close for four months. The restored Queen’s Theatre will reopen in December with the more recent staging of Les Misérables.
“I am thrilled that the plan to keep Les Misérables running in London with a staged concert version on Shaftesbury Avenue during the enforced closure period has attracted such a stellar cast, with Michael Ball, Alfie Boe, Carrie Hope Fletcher, John Owen Jones, Matt Lucas and Katy Secombe, who all have a very close personal connection to the history of the show,” said producer Cameron Mackintosh in a statement. “Of course I am a bit miserable that Michael, the gorgeous young actor that created the student Marius in the original production, is now for the first time old enough to play the implacable inspector Javert, an amazing match for Alfie’s career defining portrayal of Jean Valjean.”
Tickets for the summer concert production will go on sale February 7.