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Les Mis com­ing to Dubai Opera

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Whether you know it from read­ing the book, see­ing it on Broad­way, per­form­ing it in school, or watch­ing the 2012 Os­car­win­ning movie, Les Mis­er­ables is an iconic mu­si­cal pro­duc­tion.

Based on Vic­tor Hugo’s 1862 novel, the tale of Jean Val­jean, Fan­tine, Javert, and Cosette, Les Mis is com­ing to Dubai Opera from Novem­ber 10-24.

The world’s long­est run­ning mu­si­cal has been per­formed in 44 coun­tries to more than 70 mil­lion peo­ple. Pro­ducer, Sir Cameron Mack­in­tosh said: “The pro­duc­tion will be sung in English by a sen­sa­tional in­ter­na­tional cast, led by my cur­rent Broad­way stars John Owen-Jones as Jean Val­jean and Hayden Tee as Javert.” The Novem­ber run in Dubai will be a first for the GCC and Mack­in­tosh added that it’s a prime time to bring the pro­duc­tion to the UAE, now that there is a suit­able venue.

He 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.

“Though the orig­i­nal pro­duc­tion is still run­ning to sold-out houses in London af­ter 30 years, this new pro­duc­tion which I cre­ated for the show’s 25th an­niver­sary is even more spec­tac­u­lar with its set­tings in­spired by Vic­tor Hugo’s own paint­ings.”

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