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. Whilst it has a long way to go to catch up with a certain Agatha Christie play (which has been running in the West End since the 1950s), it is certainly a staple of London’s theatre scene.
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 Miserables continues at the Queen’s Theatre and is likely to stay there for many years to come, with bookings extending into the new decade.
Did you know?
• Les Misérables celebrated its 30th birthday in 2015. It was first seen in the West End in 1985.
• The show currently stars Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean, Jeremy Secomb as Javert and Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine (as of January 2016).
• Though the first time audiences saw this version of the show was in 1985, Victor Hugo’s novel was previously adapted to the stage in French and played briefly in Paris in 1980.
• Victor Hugo was a well known poet and, as a result, audiences were excited for his latest work. Therefore, the original novel of Les Misérables was a big success when it was released in 1862.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 9th February 2016|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 1st October 2016|
|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|
|Tuesday, 09 Feb, 2016||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Wednesday, 10 Feb, 2016||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Thursday, 11 Feb, 2016||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Friday, 12 Feb, 2016||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Saturday, 13 Feb, 2016||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
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