About Les Misérables
Seen by more than 70 million people in 43 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere in its 30th year.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” – Les Misérables is the show of shows.
One of London’s most iconic productions, Les Misérables is a tale of courage, faith and rebellion! Based on the French literary classic of the same name, the stage adaptation has captured the hearts of millions of fans from all over the world.
Although commonly believed to take place during the French revolution, the story actually takes place years later in 1815, leading to the Paris Uprising in 1832. It follows the troubled life of Jean Valjean, a good man imprisoned for stealing a single loaf of bread for his starving sister and her child. After breaking his parole upon release, he is chased over the years by Inspector Javert, a man compelled by a deep and unerring sense of justice. Finding a new life, wealth and a family after adopting a young girl, Valjean learns that there are many battles to fight and the most important ones are the ones we fight for others.
With beautiful love songs, heartbreaking loss and rousing battles cries, it’s easy to see why it’s been playing for so long and why audiences keep coming back to Les Misérables.
What To Watch For
- Les Misérables actually received bad reviews when it first opened in 1985 - shows how wrong you can be!
- The show is now the world’s longest running musical.
- Every performance of Les Misérables requires 392 complete costumes, not to mention 31 wigs!
2hrs 50min (including interval)
51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
The theatre opened on 8 October in 1907 with The Sugar Bowl, a comedy by Madeleine Lucette Ryley. The architect was W G R Sprague who designed the theatre as a pair with the Gielgud Theatre on the adjoining corner of Shaftesbury Avenue. Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables transferred to the Queen’s Theatre following an 18 year run at the Palace Theatre. Les Mis opened at the Queen’s on the 12th April 2004 and has been running at the theatre ever since.