Les Misérables in Wellington
The timeless classic that has been loved by thousands is headed back to Wellington after 20 years
The iconic theatre production Les Misérables is returning to Wellington, after last appearing in the city two decades ago. The show that has been sought out by millions around the world will be staged at the newly restored St James Theatre in August and September 2022.
This version of the play has been produced by the same team behind the Wellington season of Jersey Boys, in association with the recently formed Capital Theatre Trust. You can expect new staging and reimagined scenery, as well as glorious musicality and moving performances.
Originally a novel by Victor Hugo, published in 1862, Les Misérables takes us to 19th century France and explores passion, sacrifice, redemption and the resilience of the human spirit during the June Rebellion in Paris. Adapting the story to the stage resulted in the creation of timeless tracks, including I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More, and Do You Hear the People Sing. The Wellington show is set to be immersive and extravagant, doing the original story justice while also adding fresh life.
Director Grant Messe, who also directed Jersey Boys, says, “Wellington loved our production of Jersey Boys and we know they’ll love Les Mis. It will also be a great privilege to be one of the first productions at the iconic St James after its beautiful restoration.”
The St James Theatre is due to open early in 2022 after a $37 million restoration. The 1912 Edwardian purpose-built theatre makes for an ideal backdrop for the global theatre hit.