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Les Misèrables is Coming to Brisbane

Les Misèrables is Coming to Brisbane

| On 19, May 2015

Hold onto your candlesticks, Brisbane! After knock-out seasons in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Les Misèrables is finally bringing it home to Brisbane.

With over a hundred awards, thirty continuous years of playing, and shows in 322 cities, it’s easy to see why Les Misèrables is widely regarded as master of the theatre. It’s also easy to be jealous of those 322 cities, given that the last time Brisbane heard the people sing was in 1999. But at the end of the day, it’s water under the bridge, because now our turn has come.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the news on Monday, amid a flurry of tricolour lights, and with the suggestion that this production is serious win for both QPAC and the tourism department.

“QPAC has welcomed more than twenty million visitors to around twenty-six-thousand performances,” Palaszczuk said. “With this production of Les Misèrables in November, we can expect to welcome thousands more.”

 

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Thankfully, the swirling rumours that the Brisbane leg of tour would be refitted with a new cast have proved false, and the stellar line up that have been dreaming the dream for the past year will stay on.

“I’m delighted that the wonderful original cast…will be coming to open the Brisbane season in November,” said Cameron Mackintosh. “I have always found that the best Australian performers are the best in the world and this Company is one of the finest I have ever had.”

We were treated to a sneak preview with the nine principals, and it’s impossible to disagree with Mackintosh on this front. The Australian cast are simply phenomenal and they raised the roof of the Concert Hall.

Front and centre, of course, are the big three—Patrice Tipoki, breaking hearts as Fantine; Les Misèrables alumni and recent Green Room nominee Hayden Tee as Javert; and Simon Gleeson, who might just be the best Valjean since Colm Wilkinson created the role. Joining them are theatre and cabaret favourites Lara Mulcahy as Madame Thènadier and Trevor Ashley as Thènadier, Chris Durling as Enjolras, Emily Langridge as Cosette, Kerrie Anne Greenland as Eponine and Euan Doidge as Marius.

 

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Finally, in a nice twist of fate, this means that QPAC and Les Misèrables can celebrate their 30th birthdays together, which is a party I have been agitating for all year.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Thursday the 21st of May, and if the way Brisbane devoured The Lion King is anything to go by there certainly won’t be any empty chairs at empty tables—so get in fast to avoid disappointment.

 

THE DETAILS

What Les Misèrables

Where Lyric Theatre, QPAC

When From 10th Nov, 2015

How Much $55 – $150

For more details or to camp out in front of the ticket page until they go on sale, head on to QPAC’s website here.

 

Image Credits:  Les Misèrables Australia.