By Sarah Townsend
25th anniversary production of legendary show to debut in the city
Sir Cameron Mackintosh’s production of the acclaimed musical Les Miserables is to be staged at the new Dubai Opera in November.
The show is to run from November 10 to 24, with tickets going on sale from May 26, a spokesperson for the art venue in Downtown Dubai revealed on Wednesday.
The show will be the GCC debut of the world’s longest-running musical, which has been seen by more than 70 million people in 44 countries and 22 languages.
Based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel set against the backdrop of the start of the French Revolution, the show is known for its hit score, featuring songs such as I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own and Do You Hear the People Sing?
While the original is still running at London’s West End after 30 years, the Dubai Les Miserables was created by Mackintosh to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his production.
It will be sung in English by an international cast led by Broadway stars John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean and Hayden Tee as Javert, with a backdrop comprising original paintings by Hugo. The New York production is set to wrap up this autumn.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh said: “For many years, I have lamented that my major musical successes have not been able to play in the Middle East because there was no auditorium with the right scale and facilities able to house my spectacular productions.
“I very much hope that this will be the first of many of my own musical productions to play this wonderful opera house.”
Construction of the Dubai Opera in Downtown Dubai is scheduled to complete this summer. It opens to the public on 31 August with an inaugural season line-up including Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo, sitar composer Anoushka Shankar, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville and Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers, among other shows.For all the latest art news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.