Could Musicians Force Les Mis Closure???
Date: 21 January 2004
It’s survived more than 18 revolutionary years at the Palace Theatre, but might the logistics of a house move prove the ultimate barricade to long-runner Les Miserables? Following yesterday’s news about producer Cameron Mackintosh and his attempts to resolve matters with the Musicians’ Union, whose members are unhappy at losing 12 members of the show’s orchestra (in favour of a synthesised sound system) in the April transfer to the smaller Queen’s Theatre (See News, 20 Jan 2003), Whatsonstage.com has today received an addendum to Mackintosh’s official statement on the matter. His office now adds: “If a satisfactory arrangement cannot be made with the MU, then this could result in the premature closure of this highly successful production. Additionally, if the show is forced to close, the financial consequences will be extremely serious for both the show itself and for the future theatre plans of Delfont Mackintosh Theatres.”
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