Making History with 30 Years of Les Miserables
The West End’s longest running musical turns 30 this week and to celebrate its birthday, Les Misérables will be hosting a special anniversary gala performance on Thursday the 8th of October 2015 at the Queen’s Theatre in London’s West End, in aid of the Save The Children Syria Children’s Appeal.
As well as make history with its anniversary gala, the show will also welcome a number of guest performers. Joining the current cast led by Peter Lockyer and Jeremy Secomb as Jean Valjean and Javert will be members of the original company and invited guests Frances Ruffelle, Alfie Boe, John Owen-Jones, Colm Wilkinson, Roger Allam, and Gerónimo Rauch in a special finale performance.
Les Misérables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on the 8th of October 1985. The musical later transferred to the Palace Theatre in December 1985, which became its home for 19 years before finally moving to the Queen’s Theatre in April 2004. The musical officially took over the title of World’s Longest Running Musical when it celebrated its 21st anniversary on the 8th of October in 2006, surpassing Cats which held the record previously.
The show also broke records with its 25th anniversary celebration when it became the first to have three different productions playing in London simultaneously. These performances included the original production at the Queen’s Theatre, a 25th anniversary production at the Barbican and a celebratory concert at The 02.
Seen by approximately 70 million people in 44 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is still one of the most popular destinations for London theatregoers. The story follows the emotional journey of former convict Jean Valjean who is on a mission to put his past behind him in a relentless pursuit of justice during a time of revolutionary unrest on the streets of Paris.
With a world famous original score by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's, including the classics ‘I Dreamed a Dream’, ‘One More Day’ and ‘Bring Him Home’, we have no doubt that the powerful musical tale will continue to break theatre and world records for years to come.