The long-running hit musical "Les Miserables" will come to Singapore next year for the first time in two decades, according to Channel News Asia. "Les Mis," as the show has become known, will run for nine weeks starting in May at the Esplanade Theater.

The Singapore production, organized by MediaCorp, will recruit Australian actor Simon Gleeson from the Australian show as Jean Valjean, and English actor Earl Carpenter from the new Broadway run as his nemesis Inspector Javert. Tickets go on sale Nov. 2.

It will be the new version that producer Cameron Mackintosh debuted in 2010, 25 years after he first staged the original. And it's a version that's been panned by some, including original co-director Trevor Nunn, as a stripped-down version of the 2010 production, and praised by others for being more energetic and using computer animation and other new technology.

Les Mis has been staged 12,000 times before 70 million people around the world since opening in London in 1985.