|Booking From:||Tuesday, 10th January 2017|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th October 2017|
|Running Time:||3 hours|
|Age Restriction:||Recommended for children aged 7 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted. Parental guidance advised.|
|Wed:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
|Sat:||2.30pm and 7.30pm|
The Worlds longest running musical is still one of the best shows in London. Les Miserable has played in 41 countries and 91 cities around the World. It is the jewel in the Crown of Producer Cameron Mackintosh having won top theatrical awards all over the world and is as compelling and brilliant as ever. Now playing in the Queens theatre (just a little further towards Picadilly Circus than its previous home The Palace Theatre) this smaller venue only adds to the potency of the most successful musical of all time.
Created in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company and Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, Les Miserable is based on the novel of the same name by Victor Hugo. It follows the life of Jean Valjean - a man who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread while starving - who as an outcast assaults and robs the Bishop of Digne of his silver. When Valjean is capture by the authorities and taken back to be identified, the Bishop shows him mercy and makes Valjean promise to change his ways in exchange for his freedom and the silver. Valjean pledges to start a new life for the better.
What follows is a story that takes us across France over many years to the end of Valjean’s life. He is pursued by an obsessed Police officer (Javert) and tries to keep his adopted daughter Cossette safe from his dark past and the oncoming French revolution in Paris.
This is one of the great musicals of all time. The story moves quickly and has multiple plot lines. It has one of the best scores of any musical ever written and almost every song is a show stopper. The beautiful and impressive designs of the set and lighting have lost none of their power and the cast in this 25th anniversary production are terrific. The show has the best end of Act One number in musical theatre and a host of spectacular ballads and set pieces. If you haven’t seen this wonderful show then there has never been a better time.
The production is going all out for this monumental achievement in theatre (there is a new version of the show coming to the Barbican - where the original started its life - for 22 performances from the 14th of September until the 2nd of October. This will be followed by a spectacular 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 Arena in Greenwich on Sunday the 3rd of October featuring casts past and present with a host of Celebrity guest appearances. If you are a Les Miserable fan these are events you won’t want to miss!
Les Miserable - Music by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schonberg - Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. At Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA
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