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Les Misérables stages 30th birthday gala

Published 24 September 2015

Les Misérables will celebrate its 30th birthday on 8 October with a special West End gala performance in aid of Save The Children’s Syria Children’s appeal.

The current London cast, led by Peter Lockyer and Jeremy Secomb as Jean Valjean and Javert, will be joined for a special finale by members of the original cast and invited guests including Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, Frances Ruffelle, Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones and Gerónimo Rauch.

In total, 450 tickets will be made available for public sale, 350 via a lottery on ticketing app TodayTix for £50 and £500 per ticket depending on the package, and 100 via auction on the Les Misérables website. Tickets go on sale at 12:00 on 25 September and will come off sale on 2 October at 14:00.

Speaking about the performance, producer Cameron Mackintosh said: “Having already had so many requests to attend this very special anniversary performance, we know we could sell this performance many times over. We are limited by the capacity of the Queen’s Theatre and the number of invited guests who have been involved over the 30 year history, but we wanted to make over 40% of the house available to fans. The only fair way we can get these tickets out to the fans is through a lottery. Everyone involved in Les Misérables also wanted to take the opportunity to raise as much money as they can through the distribution of tickets towards the Save the Children Syria Children’s Appeal.”

Les Misérables, which currently also stars Rachelle Ann Go, Phil Daniels and Carrie Hope Fletcher, is the world’s longest running musical and has been seen by nearly 70 million people in 44 countries. The show, which opened on 8 October 1985 at the Barbican, tells the story of former convict Jean Valjean who struggles to leave his past behind as revolution rises on the streets of Paris. Boublil and Schönberg’s score features musical theatre classics including I Dreamed A Dream, Bring Him Home and One Day More.

Save The Children commented: “Save the Children is delighted that our Syria Children’s Appeal will benefit from this 30 year celebration of Les Misérables. This poignant tale of struggle, hope and dreams reflects the human spirit that we see in Syrian families that we work with day in day out.”

Find out more about the gala performance on the Les Misérables website. You can book tickets for all other performances through us here.

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