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Les Miserables O2 anniversary show to hit big screen

Matt Lucas
Image caption Matt Lucas will play Thenardier in the production

An anniversary production of Les Miserables at London's O2 Arena starring Matt Lucas will be shown at more than 100 cinemas around the world.

The comedian will star with teen favourite Nick Jonas, of the Jonas Brothers, for the one-off production to mark the musical's 25th anniversary.

Members of the original line-up will also feature in the 3 October show.

The performance will be seen on the big screen in countries including Japan and Australia.

"Fans who may not be able to see such events live can now take a great seat in the house and enjoy the spectacle on the big screen with full surround sound," said Grant Calton of Omniverse Vision, which is distributing the broadcast.

The cast also includes singer Alfie Boe.

Film version

The show, which features songs such as I Dreamed A Dream, opened in October 1985 at London's Barbican.

It became the world's longest running musical in 2006 - two years after moving to the Queen's Theatre from the Palace Theatre, where it had been performed since December 1985.

Earlier this year it celebrated its 10,000th performance, and has been seen by 56 million people worldwide.

It marks a return to the stage for Lucas, who pulled out of the West End play Prick Up Your Ears last year following the death of his former partner Kevin McGee.

Lucas will play Thenardier, while Jonas plays Marius.

Producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh is currently developing a film version of the musical.

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