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Les Miserables

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Why See Les Miserables?

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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!

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Additional Information

Dates

Opening night: 18 December 2019

Audience

Les Miserables may be inappropriate for children aged under 14. Children under four years of age will not be admitted into the Queens Theatre.

Run time

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

COVID 19 SECURE

You may be required to have had a COVID vaccine in order to attend this performance or show proof of a negative test. Please contact the venue directly for more information on this.

Cast and Creative

Cast

Kelly Agbowu as Madame
Chanice Alexander Burnett as Fantine 
Harry Apps as Marius
Joseph Anthony as Feuilly
Charlie Burn as Cosette
Gerard Carey as Thenardier 
Danny Colligan as Joly
Sha Dessi as Eponine
Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thenardier 
Bradley Jaden as Javert
Connor Jones as Grantaire
Michael Kholwadia as Jean Prouvaire
Luke McCall as Courfeyrac
Leo Miles as Montparnasse
Mark Pearce as Brujon 
Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean 
Jordan Shaw as Enjolras 
Joseph Anthony as Feuilly
Max Bispham, Kit Cranston, Sayer Harrisson, Masun Mamdally, Zane Squirrell as Gavroche
Victoria Alsina, Ella Van Emden, Wren Erskine, Bonnie Harper, Maisy Mein, Lara Simon as Little Cosette
Amelie Bourne, Clara James, Olivia Sagot-Smith as Young Eponine

With

Emma Barr, Richard Carson, Rodney Earl Clarke, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Jessie Hart, Jessica Joslin, Sarah Lark, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Claire O'Leary, Kathy Peacock, Sam Peggs, Sake Wijers, Mared Willams.

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

Awards

What's On Stage Awards, 2019

Best West End Show

OLIVIER AWARDS

2014 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award

2012 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award

What's On Stage Awards 2018

Best Original Cast Recording

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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.

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Abigail Slocombe

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What you thought

129 reviews, average rating: (4.6 Stars)

4.5 star rating

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