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I dreamed a dream, that London’s theatres were open again before Christmas. And, despite the the current coronavirus nightmare somehow re-engulfing the nation, it looks like it’s coming true.

This December, Les Miserables is expecting to take to the stage for a six week run that’s guaranteed to be the hottest theatre ticket in town (albeit if perhaps the only one). Sir Cameron Mackintosh, theatre magnate and producer, made the the announcement at the final of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent when the TV extravaganza brought together the casts of Les Miserables – The Staged Concert, The Phantom Of The Opera and Mary Poppins.

Sir Cameron, celebrating the 35th anniversary of Les Mis’s West End debut, took to the stage to deliver the announcement.

“I can’t tell you how emotional this is for me and for all of us. I cannot believe that these performers, great friends of mine, have not performed before tonight for seven months. It is extraordinary”

Saying that he hoped the show had inspired Chancellor Rishi Sunak to push for the reopening of theatres, the impresario went on to announce dates for the return of Les Miserables.

"I cannot believe that these performers, great friends of mine, have not performed before tonight for seven months. It is extraordinary"

The show will run for six weeks from Saturday December 5th at Shaftesbury Avenue’s Sondheim Theatre and, excitingly, will star both Michael Ball and Matt Lucas.

The news comes hot on the sparkly heels of news Julian Clary will be starring this December in Pantoland at The Palladium. Joined by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, Nigel Havers and Beverley Knight, the panto will be socially distanced thanks to Lottery funding buying up empty seats.


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