St James Theatre 2, Wellington

19/08/2022 - 04/09/2022

Production Details

Based on a novel by VICTOR HUGO

Directed by Grant Meese
Musical Director: Kate Marshall
Assistant Director: Sandy Brewer
Company Manager: Jennifer Pearce

Presented by Capital Theatre trust and G&T Productions


Seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and after an absence of 20 years in Wellington the acclaimed musical phenomenon Les Misérables is returning to Wellington in August 2022.

With glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery, this breathtaking production of LesMisérables will be staged at the beautiful St James Theatre.

The production will also celebrate the launch of the CapitalTheatreTrust which will be staging major theatrical events in Wellington and the return of G&TProductionsLtd who brought the incredible production of Jersey Boys to Wellington in early 2021.

Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, LesMisérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Featuring one of the greatest scores of all time, with thrilling and beloved songs including IDreamedADream,OnMyOwn,Stars,BringHimHome,OneDayMore,DoYouHearthePeopleSing and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Along with the Oscar-winning movie version, it has now been seen in 44 countries and in 22 languages around the globe. LesMisérables is still the world’s most popular musical, breaking box office records everywhere in its 35th year. 

St James Theatre, Wellington
19 August – 4 September 2022
Tues-Sat, 7.30pm
Sat 2pm
Sun 4pm


Original French Text by ALAIN BOUBLIL and JEAN-MARC NATEL
Additional material by JAMES FENTON
Adapted and originally directed by TREVOR NUNN and JOHN CAIRD
Orchestrations by JOHN CAMERON
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre International (Australasia) and CAMERON MACKINTOSH LTD.

JEAN VALJEAN:  Hayden Lawrence
JAVERT:  Chris Crowe 
MARIUS:  Nick Lerew 
FANTINE:  Gemma Hoskins 
COSETTE:  Flora Dryburgh 
EPONINE:  Maya Handa Naff 
M. THENARDIER:  Sandy Leadbeater 
MME. THENARDIER:  Tania Dreaver 
VALJEAN COVER:  Patrick Kelly

Male ensemble 
Adam Nachowitz
Alex Coogan-Reeves
Alistair Davies
Benjamin Emerson
Ben Paterson
Chris Hayward
Chris McMillan
Chris Wardle
Dominic Taffs
Dominic van den Berg
Glenn Horsfall
Jared Pallesen
Matthew Scadden
Patrick Jennings
River Santner
Senuka Sudusinghe
Simon Brew

Female ensemble
Adriana Calabrese
Alexandra McKellar
Allegra Canton
Emily K Brown
Frankie Leota
Jessie Cooper
Lane Corby
Megan Neill
Mia Alonso-Green
Paula Gardyne
Rachel McSweeney
Rebecca Ansell

Backing Vocalists 
Aria Leader-Fiamatai
Emily Yeap
Oliver Smythe
Raureti Ormond  

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Tortured tale of redemption – full of energy, pathos and humour

Review by Max Rashbrooke 22nd Aug 2022

The celebrated musical Les Misérables, a tale of love and redemption set amidst the turbulence of early-nineteenth-century France, receives a handsome and expansive treatment in this new production by the Capital Theatre Trust and G&T Productions.

At the heart of the story is Jean Valjean, a man newly released from prison after spending 19 years locked up for stealing food to support his family.

As the years roll on and Valjean become more respectable, he encounters a vivid cast of characters. Among them solo mother Fantine and her daughter Cosette, the gruesome innkeepers Monsieur and Madame Thénardier and a group of students agitating for revolution in 1830s Paris. [More]


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Powerful, glorious and jaw-dropping – a must for fans and newcomers alike!

Review by Anna Persson 21st Aug 2022

Following the reopening of the St James Theatre after a three-year closure, Wellington celebrates the glittering crown jewel of the city’s theatrical venues with this truly spectacular musical gem.

Les Misérables is arguably one of the world’s most loved and successful theatrical productions, having been translated into over 21 different languages and boasting a global audience of over 130 million people! Here it is brought expertly to the stage by Capital Theatre Trust, G&T Productions, Director Grant Meese, Musical Director: Kate Marshall and a cast and crew of over 100!

This is my first introduction to Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s adaptation of Victor Hugo’s timeless classic, which has been produced in over 40 countries worldwide, holding the title of one of the world’s longest running musicals since its Parisian debut in 1980.

Les Misérables follows Jean Valjean – played to perfection by Hayden Lawrence – who has served nineteen years hard labour: five for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his widowed sister’s children during economic depression, plus 14 for escaping four times and resisting arrest. He takes the audience on a decades-long journey of passion, thwarted love, sacrifice, broken dreams and redemption – posing the question, can crimes be pardoned? This gripping story takes place across several decades in 19th-century France, bringing interpersonal relationship stories to a climax at a barricade of the 1832 anti-monarchist Paris Uprising (aka The June Rebellion).

It is evident that a great deal of hard work, dedication, passion and raw talent has been poured into the production by musicians, designers, directors and theatrical practitioners, all notably at the peak of their respective crafts. With such a high calibre of both performance and production values, one could watch it several times, appreciating anew every element of this breath-taking production.

The orchestra provides a flawless score to heartfelt ballad and joyous choral number alike. This contrast between upbeat, fun, brassy numbers and delicate ballads and duets not only sets a riveting pace for the unfolding story but treats the audience to a full range from the talented 15-piece orchestra led by Musical Director, Kate Marshall.

The main cast shine, showcasing not only their all-round vocal control and range, but performance and acting abilities, bringing both rawness and vulnerability to their roles throughout the performance.

Gemma Hoskins brings a touching and powerful performance as Fantine, with her rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ stirring an emotional audience response.

Hayden Lawrence’s Jean Valjean is given full rein to showcase his incredible vocal range. As his nemesis, Police Inspector Javert, Chris Crowe delivers powerful ballads and duets, bringing an outstanding and palpable energy to his role.

Maya Handa Naff’s Eponine has a tender rawness of emotion. Nick Lerew and Flora Dryburgh Marius and Cosette with a sensitive and earnest professionalism. Joe Mara expertly leads the barricade ensemble as Enjolras, delivering unforgettable moments as he waves the fiery red flag of the salvation crusade.

As Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, the charisma and performances of Sandy Leadbeater and Tania Parker are a real highlight, their notable chemistry touching pantomimic levels of playfulness that generate an appreciative audience response. Their duet of ‘Master of the House’ will no doubt remain stuck on an earworm loop for several days.

Aided by stunning and intricately detailed attention to costumes, hair and make-up, the ensemble comprised of over 20 performers is a joy to watch. Their absolute commitment to character, perfect staging and rousing choral numbers makes for entertaining and enthralling scenes.

A real highlight is the set and the way it serves the powerful performances and riveting storyline. With its high ceilings and wide stage, the St James Theatre lends itself perfectly, with the production featuring a dynamic revolving stage that makes for absolutely seamless, blink-and-you-miss-it set changes and scene transitions. The design is overall one of the most spectacular elements with several jaw-dropping moments throughout both acts. One can only dream of a behind-the-scenes tour of the full set and expansive array of props!

The beautiful mise en scène is further enhanced by stunning lighting. From simple candlelight to full blown washes in the colours of the French flag, the lighting is absolutely on-point and adds to the immersive nature of the production. With such attention to detail, professionalism, and skill across all elements of Les Misérables, one would be forgiven in forgetting they’re in downtown Wellington, not at a West End or Broadway show, let alone 19th century France.

We are truly lucky to have this world-class piece of theatre right on our doorstep. Whether you are a diehard fan or newcomer like me, Les Miserables is a must! This highly-polished and glorious production, filled with surprises, delight and pure talent is not to be missed!

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