Les Miserables is a cult-classic produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh, a man popularly termed as one of the most influential people in British culture by the Daily Telegraph. Based on the legendary book by Victor Hugo, the musical version of Les Miserables won the Olivier Audience Award in 2012 and 2104, and the Whatsonstage Award for ‘Best West End Show ’ in 2016. The musical’s ability to transport audiences straight back to the tumultuous post-revolution France is unrivalled.
Why Watch Les Misérables
The musical first came to London in 1985, and since then, it has taken the stage by storm. Les Misérables has run uninterrupted for a proud total of thirty-three years, and shows no signs of taking a break. It stays true to its theme that revolves around the romantic literary movement in the mid and late 19th century in Europe. With its big, belting moments, this drama follows several characters whose lives are intertwined, making for a spellbinding musical that you won’t be able to forget.
Les Misérables follows the story of Jean Valjean, a peasant convicted for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s famished kid. After 19 years in prison, Valjean decides to live his life anew. A bishop deeply inspires him and sets him on the road to redemption. Valjean must now elude a police inspector named Javert who is intent on bringing him to justice. He meets many interesting characters along the way, and all of them are unexpectedly swept into the fray of a gruesome revolution that shakes the very foundations of France. The tale of Valjean’s continuous struggles and his blooming romance with a woman named Cosette is as fresh as the day Victor Hugo first wrote it. The cast does an incredible job of making sure the audience is constantly immersed in the world that this musical conjures.
Drama lovers | Fans of the Original Movie or Book
“In all key respects, Les Misérables has stood the test of time well.”
– The Telegraph
“Here celebrating its 25th anniversary, Les Misérables is a rousing, shamelessly entertaining evening of tuneful and spectacular popular theatre that saved the Royal Shakespeare Company from penury”
– The Guardian
Know Before You Go
2 hours and 50 mins, with 1 intermission
Suitable for ages 7 and up. Kids under 5 are not allowed in the theatre.
The Queens’ Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,074.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
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We sat in row L in the stalls and the seats were very good. We had waited for years to see Les Miserables and are so pleased that we waited until we were in London to see it. We loved everything about this performance!
The show was great and everyone was supremely talented. But Rachelle Ann Go as Fantine is something to behold. If you get the chance to see her, please don't miss it.
Ahhh a wonderful musical that everyone must see and one that I will never tire of seeing again and again. Set in the French Revolution there are several themes throughout and it may be a little confusing at first especially if you're not familiar with the storyline and not seen the film. There was a little summary in the programme that explained things and made it seem less confusing. These well known classic songs will remain in your head for a while and although there are some serious moments these are well balanced from the wicked comedy moments from the Thenardiers. The music is incredible and rousing from start to finish, emotional and bound to stay with you for a long time afterwards. The musicians deserve to be equally credited as much as the actors too. Standing ovations expected and I'm really not surprised!
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Queen's Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Ave, London
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