Les Miserables: The Staged Concert

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The hugely successful concert production of Les Miserables will play a strictly limited, socially-distanced six week engagement at the Sondheim Theatre this Christmas.

Box Office Contacts

Box Office:0844 482 5160
Access Booking:0844 482 5137
Group Booking:0844 482 5160
Stage Door:020 7292 1350
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History

The Sondheim Theatre originally opened as the Queen's Theatre in 1907, designed by William George Robert Sprague. The extravagant West End venue opened with a comedy called The Sugar Bowl, which ran for a mere 36 performances. Several short run productions followed, and over the years the theatre hosted a number of stars, including Fred Astaire, Kenneth Branagh, Noel Coward, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave and more.

In 1940, during a successful run of Rebecca, the theatre was destroyed in an air raid that saw the foyer hit by a bomb. Following this, the theatre went dark to undergo repairs and remained closed for almost two decades.

Reopening in 1959 with John Gielgud’s solo performance in Shakespeare Speeches and Sonnets, Ages of Man, the theatre was officially back in action and saw a number of notable productions throughout the rest of the century including Hair (1970’s) and Three Sisters (1990) starring a trio of Redgraves, as well as Stephen Sondheim's Passion, starring Maria Friedman and Michael Ball.

Further notable productions include The Hobbit (2001-2002), Mysteries (2002), Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness (2002), Contact (2002-2003), The Rocky Horror Show (2003) and Cyberjam (2003-2004). RSC shows The Taming of the Shrew (2004) and The Tamer Tamed (2004) followed.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Miserables transferred to the theatre in 2004, after eighteen years of success at the nearby Palace Theatre. Les Miserables has been running successfully at the theatre since.

In 2019 the theatre underwent refurbishment, causing Les Miserables to temporarily play at the nearby Gielgud Theatre. The show returned in the refurbished theatre in December 2019, with the 2009 'New' production of the show, which is used on Broadway and tours. The newly refurbished theatre was renamed as the Sondheim Theatre, in honour of the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim

Past Shows

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Les Miserables
(closed 17 Sep 2020)