Michael Ball will lead a concert version of Les Misérables at the Gielgud Theatre this summer, as the Queen’s Theatre will close for refurbishment.
Michael Ball, the Olivier-winning star who originated the role of Marius in the 1985 West End premiere of Les Misérables, will step back into the hit musical, for a sixteen-week fully staged concert run at the Gielgud Theatre beginning on August 10, according to The Daily Mail.
Following the announcement on Tuesday, Ball tweeted “So I’m trying to decide what this summers hot, sexy, fashionable look is going to be. Can anyone see me in this?” including the picture below!
So I’m trying to decide what this summers hot, sexy, fashionable look is going to be. Can anyone see me in this?? pic.twitter.com/LpGqjCwtFH
— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) February 6, 2019
Ball will play Inspector Javert in the staged concert production of the musical, with his regular collaborator Alfie Boe starring as Jean Valjean.
The concert at the Gielgud will take place while the Queen’s Theatre next door, the long-time home of the original full version of Les Misérables, is being refurbished. The production will return to the Queen’s in December, 2019.
Carrie Hope Fletcher and Matt Lucas will play Fantine and Thenardier, respectively, in the concert at the Gielgud.
Les Misérables – The All-Star Staged Concert
ON SALE AT 12NOON ON THURSDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2019
Theatre: Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6AR
Dates: 10 August – 30 November 2019
Performances: Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
At certain performances John Owen-Jones will be performing the role of Jean Valjean