Les Misérables staged concert digitally released for charity
19 April 2020
Reporter: Sandra Giorgetti
The concert performance of Les Misérables starring Michael Ball as Javert, Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Matt Lucas as Thénardier and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine is being made available for digital download for £9.99.
Cameron Mackintosh, in addition to donating £100,000 from his Foundation, will donate £5.00 for each download, the total to be split equally amongst theatre charity Acting For Others, The Musicians Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund and Captain Tom Moore’s NHS Fund.
Les Misérables -The Staged Concert was filmed during a performance at the Gielgud Theatre in London's West End whilst its previous home, the newly renamed Sondheim Theatre, was being refurbished.
The show has enjoyed a world record-breaking 35-year run and it will reopen later this year after the shutdown has ended.
Mackintosh said, “I am delighted that UPHE Content Group is releasing Les Misérables—The Staged Concert as a digital download at this time of crisis as it also allows my Foundation to help raise much needed funds for particular charities that are under such pressure at the moment.
“Alongside the concert, we will also be releasing a specially created mini-documentary, Bringing it Home, which includes footage of the stars at their homes talking about their experiences both of live theatre and the show plus never seen before backstage footage that wonderfully captures the humour, camaraderie and thrill of performing to live audiences in these hauntingly beautiful and exciting historic buildings.
“In these extraordinary times, we hope that fans and everyone who loves the theatre will be reminded of how special a theatrical experience can be, going to the very heart of our British culture, which make our nation so special and unique. I am exceptionally proud of everyone involved in the making of the Concert and very much hope my Foundation will be able to help a raise a considerable amount of money for these deserving charities.”
Les Misérables is conceived by Alain Boublil, who co-wrote the original French text with Jean-Marc Natel, and Claude-Michel Schönberg who wrote the music; the lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer. It is based on the book by Victor Hugo with additional material by James Fenton and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.
Les Misérables—The Staged Concert is presented by Cameron Mackintosh in association with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group. The digital download is available only in the UK and Australia from 20 April.