Why See Les Miserables?
Dates and ticketing information for Les Miserables at the Gielgud theatre are yet to be announced but we will update this page as soon as they are confirmed. To book tickets for Les Miserables before July 13th, 2019 click here to see our Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre page.
A different Home
After almost 35 years at its original home at the Queen's Theatre, the iconic Les Miserables is on the move, but don't fret, Cosette, it's not going very far! Fans of the original production and newcomers alike will still be able to catch this sweeping tale at its new home, the Gielgud Theatre, for four months whilst the beloved Queen's gets some much-needed restoration.
The same iconic musical
Over 70 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 tumult.
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 Miserables right where the magic began - in London's West End.
WHAT IS LES MISERABLES ABOUT?
Jean Valjean is released from prison after almost 20 years in captivity for stealing a loaf of bread, soon after, he breaks his parole and flees to start a new life free of crime. Eight years later, he has worked hard to give himself a better standing in life. However, none of his endeavours impress his embittered parole-officer - the bloody-minded Javert - who will stop at nothing to see Valjean behind bars once again.
Like her father, Valjean's beautiful adopted daughter, Cosette, has to fight for what she wants in life when she falls in love with Marius, a student who has joined the burgeoning fight for justice in the streets of Paris. Will their love be enough to save him from disaster at the barricade?
MUSICAL HISTORY IS MADE
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 they 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.
Hugo's momentous story has most recently been revived in a six-part drama by the BBC, however, this latest offering doesn't include our favourite tunes (boo!).
DID YOU KNOW?
Les Miserables has been translated into 22 different languages including Icelandic, Japanese and Mauritian Creole!
Opening night: 20 July 2019
Les Miserables may be inappropriate for children aged under 14. Children under four years of age will not be admitted.
Two hours and 50 minutes with one 20 minute intermission
And before you stop reading
Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
Please note that the images are taken from the production at the Queen's Theatre and may not reflect the current cast.
Cast and Creative
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Book by Alain Boublil, and Claude-Michel Schonberg
Produced by Cameron Mackintosh
Directed and adapted by Trevor Nunn & John Caird
Production Design by John Napier
Lighting Design by David Hersey
Costumes Design by Andreane Neofitou
Sound by Andrew Bruce
2014 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award
2012 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award
WHAT'S ON STAGE AWARDS 2018
Best Original Cast Recording
What we thought
revolutionary JAW DROPPING Iconic.
The world has embraced 'Les Mis' with both arms.
As the first trumpet sounded and the curtain rose I was sucked into 19th century France along with the inner turmoil of our hero Jean Valjean, played by the fantastic Killian Donnelly.Read full review
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