Why See Les Miserables?
From the West End to the World
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 - on 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 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.
Did you know?
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
And before you stop reading
Latecomers will not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance
Cast and Creative
Killian Donnelly as Jean Valjean
David Thaxton as Javert
Carley Stenson as Fantine
Steven Meo as Thenadier
Jaqueline Tate as Madame Thenardier
Karis Jack as Eponine
Charlotte Kennedy as Cosette
Hyoie O'Grady as Enjolras
Paul Wilkins as Marius
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
What you thought
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