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?
• The show currently stars Simon Gleeson as Jean Valjean, Jeremy Secomb as Javert, Hollie O’Donaghue as Eponine and Charlotte Kennedy as Cosette (correct as of December 2016).
• As well as the London version, Simon Gleeson has appeared in Les Misérables in an Australian tour. He also appeared in the Phantom Of The Opera sequel Love Never Dies when it appeared Down Under.
• 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.
• Though Victor Hugo’s novel has been adapted to the screen on numerous occasion, the 2012 film starring Hugh Jackman is the first time the musical version has been given the big screen treatment.
• Prior to its 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 in 2010, the show celebrated its 10th Birthday at the Royal Albert Hall in 1995. It featured Ruthie Henshall, Jenny Galloway and Michael Ball amongst its cast members.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 16th February 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|
|Thursday, 23 Feb, 2017||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Friday, 24 Feb, 2017||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Saturday, 25 Feb, 2017||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Monday, 27 Feb, 2017||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
|Tuesday, 28 Feb, 2017||Queen's Theatre, London||Les Miserables|
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