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Over 65 million people in 42 different countries have enjoyed this spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo's masterpiece since it premiered on the West End in 1985. Now let Les Miserables sweep you too through its epic tale of passion and destruction, set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of a bloody revolution.
This international award-winning musical continues to thrill audiences night after night in productions across the world, but none are quite the same as experiencing Les Miserable right where the magic began - on London's West End.
Jean Valjean is released from prison after almost 20 years in captivity for stealing silver, however he breaks his parole and flees to start a new life free of crime. Eight years later, he has worked hard to give himself and his adopted daughter a better standing in life. However, none of his endeavours impress his embittered parole-officer - the bloody-minded Javert - who will stop at anthing to see Valjean behind bars once again.
Like her father, Valjean's beautiful daughter, Cosette, has to fight for what she wants in life when she falls in love with Marius, a student who has joined the barricade to fight in the revolution. Will their love be enough to save him from the army's rifles?
This Olivier and Tony-winning musical includes the songs"Who Am I", "A Little Fall of Rain", "One Day More", "Bring Him Home" and, one of the most famous songs to come from the West End, "I Dreamed a Dream". Colloquially known as Les Miz, the musical actually started out as a French-language concept album. The first musical-stage adaptation of Les Mis was presented at the Palais des Sports, in 1980.
It was not until 1983 that producer Cameron Mackintosh received a copy of the French concept album from director Peter Farago. Two years later, Les Miserables took to the Barbican stage, and the rest as we say, is history. The stage musical also inspired a live-action musical film in 2012, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway in her Oscar-winning role as the doomed Fantine.
Les Miserables has been translated into 22 different languages including Icelandic, Japanese and Mauritian Creole!
Previews from: 3 April 2004
Opening night: 12 April 2004
Les Miserables may be inappropriate for children aged under 14. Children under four years of age will not be admitted into the Queens Theatre.
Two hours and 50 minutes with one 20 minute intermission
Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance
If you haven't seen the movie or read Victor Hugo's novel before you go, don't. Instead, just sit back and let the show enchant. more »
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