51 Shaftesbury Avenue
(3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along, just after the Gielgud Theatre.
|Booking From:||Sunday, 28th March 2004|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 26th April 2014|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
|Running Time:||3 hours|
|Age Restriction:||Recommended for children aged 7 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted. Parental guidance advised.|
Age Restriction: Recommended for children aged 7 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted. Parental guidance advised.
In 1862 audiences were first treated to a brand new novel by Victor Hugo that would come to be engraved in popular culture for much of the next century. It was a tale of political and social upheaval during 19th century France; a time in which Napoleonic rule had a firm grip on Europe and the country was still reeling from its first revolution of the 1790s. With a new revolution peering over the horizon we follow two characters through an epic and life-defining adventure as one tracks another for two decades of his life.
The tale is “Les Misérables”, which has since become one of the most successful musical productions the world has ever seen. It comes from mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh, who helped adapt it from the original French musical alongside Trevor Nunn and John Caird, opening at the Barbican Theatre in London in 1985 before transferring to the Palace Theatre later in the year. It remained there for some time until it transferred to its current home of the Queen’s Theatre in 2004, allowing it to become the longest running musical in the world, clocking up more than 10,000 performances and surpassing shows such as “Cats”, which had previously held the record. If not for the long running play “The Mousetrap” (which has been running for almost 60 years), it would be the longest running show in London.
The story of “Les Misérables” focuses on that of Jean Valjean, an ex-con who has recently been released from prison. However, rather than enjoy his newfound freedom and mix back into society for a comfortable life, he is instead rendered an outcast with only the Bishop of Digne welcoming him with open arms.
But Valjean finds it hard to stay out of trouble and is caught stealing silver, leading to the possibility of further imprisonment for breaking his parole. The Bishop lies for him and Valjean goes on his way, but a Police Inspector named Javert is not convinced; he knows that Valjean is guilty of the crime and is determined to see justice served. What unfolds is a cat and mouse game over a period of two decades as Valjean takes on new identity and attempts to start a new life, with Javert not far behind, all whilst the threat of revolution looms over the city of Paris.
Along the way the show features songs such as “I Dream a Dream”, “On My Own”, “One Day More” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
“Les Misérables” continues at the Queen’s Theatre and is likely to stay there for many years to come, with bookings extending into the new decade.
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