Why See Les Miserables?
the revolutionary original
In the nearly 40 years since its premiere, Claude Schonberg And Alain Boublil's musical adaptation of Victor Hugo's doorstop of a novel has become the benchmark of musical theatre. An epic score, passionate story, and phenomenal scale are part of the magic, but it's truly the wonder of seeing a live performance that does it the most justice. Seen by an audience that numbers over 70 million, it's safe to say that Les Miserables is the world's most popular musical - and then some.
What is the story?
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.
Did you know?
Les Miserables has been translated into 22 different languages including Icelandic, Japanese and Mauritian Creole!
Opening night: 18 December 2019
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
You may be required to wear a mask during this performance. Please contact the venue directly for more information.
Cast and Creative
Killian Donnelly as Jean Valjean
Stewart Clarke as Javert
Katie Hall as Fantine
Will Callan as Marius
Amena El-Kindy as Eponine
Lulu-Mae Pears as Cosette
Luke Kempner as Thenardier
Claire Machin as Madame Thenardier
Djavan van de Fliert as Enjolras
Annabelle Aquino, Hazel Baldwin, Brad Barnley, Michael Baxter, Emily Olive Boyd, Rosy Church, Ben Culleton, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Sophie-May Feek, Matt Hayden, Tom Hext, Christopher Jacobsen, Jessica Johns-Parsons, Yazmin King, Sam Kipling, Anouk van Laake, Harry Lake, Sarah Lark, Ellie Ann Lowe, Ben Oatley, Adam Pearce, Jordan Simon Pollard, Jonathan Stevens, Phoebe Williams and Ollie Wray.
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
What's On Stage Awards, 2019
Best West End Show
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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