Les Miserables

Run Time:
Two hours and 50 minutes
Ages: 8+
Opened: October 8, 1985
Closing: July 13, 2019

Les Miserables - 1985 - West End History , Info & More

Barbican Centre
(Barbican/Moorgate) Silk Street London

Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg's LES MISERABLES is a global stage sensation.

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 Miserables is the show of shows.

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VIDEO: The Original Production of LES MISERABLES Says Au Revoir To The West End
by A.A. Cristi - July 16, 2019

The original staging of the beloved musical Les Miserables played its final performance this weekend at the Queen's Theatre in London. Following the performance, the show's current Jean Valjean, Dean Chisnall addressed the crowd to celebrate the impact and legacy of this groundbreaking production.

London's Queen's Theatre, Home To LES MISERABLES, Renamed The Sondheim Theatre
by Marianka Swain - July 5, 2019

Cameron Mackintosh today announces he is delighted that in honour of Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday next March, the Queen's Theatre will be renamed the Sondheim Theatre, making him the only living artist to have a theatre named in his honour both in the West End and on Broadway. Following the renovation of wartime bomb damage and a major restoration of the auditorium and the complete backstage, the newly named Sondheim Theatre will continue as the home of world's longest running musical Les Miserables as it enters its 35th year.

Book Tickets Now For The LES MISERABLES All-Star Concert
by Marianka Swain - February 8, 2019

For 16 weeks only Michael Ball (Javert), Alfie Boe (Jean Valjean), Carrie Hope Fletcher (Fantine) and Matt Lucas (Thenardier) will lead a large cast and orchestra of over 65 in the concert version of Les Miserables. Book tickets here!

The LES MISERABLES Experience At The Queen's Theatre
by Gary Naylor - February 1, 2019

Les Mis has been in London almost as long as I have - here's how we have grown old together.

LES MISERABLES Fans Unite Against Changes to Original Staging
by Nicole Rosky - January 21, 2019

Almost 2.7K fans have signed a petition to save the original staging, begging Cameron Mackintosh: 'By all means keep the 'reimagined' one for tours but don't replace the original!'

Frances Ruffelle Speaks Out On LES MISERABLES London Changes; Fans Start Petition To Save Original Staging
by Alan Henry - January 9, 2019

It was announced yesterday that The Queen's Theatre in London, the only place to see Les Miserables with its original staging will undergo renovations and when the show returns from hiatus it will be revised to the most recent production which has toured extensively and played Broadway. When the show reopens, after a brief hiatus, it will have new staging, new orchestrations, and a new cast.

Original Production of LES MISERABLES in London Will Take Hiatus and Re-Open With New Staging
by Stephi Wild - January 8, 2019

Les Miserables is continuing to break records all over the world, with new productions springing up across the US, UK, and beyond. Currently, the Queen's Theatre in London is the only place to catch the show with its original staging, but that soon will change. When the show reopens, after a brief hiatus, it will have new staging, orchestrations, and a new cast.

LES MISERABLES Composer Claude-Michel Schönberg Discusses His Life and Work
by Louis Train - December 3, 2018

Not many people know the name Claude-Michel Schonberg, but everybody knows his music: as the composer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Claude-Michel is present in everyone's playlist, in a songbook on everyone's piano, and in every karaoke lineup. Last night, he sat down with journalist Edward Seckerson to talk about his life, work, and inspiration, and the projects that didn't quite make it.

Cameron Mackintosh Lays Plans to Add Toilets to Queen's Theatre, Home of LES MIS
by Julie Musbach - October 1, 2018

According to The Stage, Cameron Mackintosh has been given approval to up the number of toilets in the Queen's Theatre from 24 to 33, thereby alleviating a certain amount of congestion during performances of Les Miserables.

by Fraser MacDonald - September 9, 2018

The musical phenomenon that continues to take audiences by storm is arguably uplifting and depressing in equal measure. In this new book, Sarah Whitfield explores the audience's relationship with Les Miserables and offers an entertaining dissection of the show's success.

BWW TV: Dean Chisnall Discusses LES MISERABLES
by Nicole Ackman - July 3, 2018

Dean Chisnall chats about playing Jean Valjean, his favourite song in Les Mis, and the importance of seeing live theatre.

VIDEO: The Cast of LES MISERABLES Gives a Revolutionary Performance at West End Live
by Stephi Wild - June 16, 2018

West End's free outdoor performance event West End Live has kicked off today! The cast of Les Miserables took to the stage to give a revolutionary performance. Watch it below!

New Cast Announced For LES MISERABLES At The Queen's Theatre
by Stephi Wild - May 4, 2018

From Monday 11 June 2018, there will be major cast changes at the West End production of 'LES MISERABLES' at the Queen's Theatre, which is now in its record breaking 33rd year.

BWW Review: Looking Down on LES MISERABLES at Old National Centre
by The Marriage Matinee - March 15, 2018

It is a simple act to overlook those beneath you as you go about your daily life, eager to get to the next appointment or entertainment. All of this hubbub is a distraction from what goes on in the alleys and dark areas where you'd rather not look. But if you manage to 'look down,' you'll see and meet the indomitable spirit that is LES MISERABLES.

BWW TV: David Thaxton Discusses His Return To LES MISERABLES
by Jamie Body - February 13, 2018

David Thaxton has returned to the cast of 'LES MISERABLES' at the Queen's Theatre in the role of 'Javert'.

David Thaxton Returns To Play 'Javert' In LES MISERABLES this January
by BWW News Desk - November 6, 2017

Cameron Mackintosh has just announced that from Monday 22 January 2018, David Thaxton will return to the cast of LES MISERABLES at the Queen's Theatre in the role of 'Javert'.

VIDEO: Les Mis Star Hayden Tee's Make-up Transformation
by Stage Tube - October 19, 2017

Watch as Les Miserables' star Hayden Tee ages himself with makeup and transforms into Javert.

VIDEO: Hear the People Sing Happy Birthday! LES MISERABLES Celebrates 32 Years in the West End
by BWW News Desk - October 9, 2017

Do you hear the people sing? Singing the songs of... Happy Birthday?

BWW Interview: Carley Stenson On Playing Fantine In LES MISERABLES
by Marianka Swain - August 30, 2017

Carley Stenson's work includes Hollyoaks, Shrek: The Musical, Legally Blonde, Spamalot and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. She's currently starring as Fantine in Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre in the West End.


Look Down [i]
Freedom Is Mine
My Rooms Are Full
Come In, Sir, for You Are Weary
Valjean Arrested/Valjean Forgiven
Soliloquy [i]
At the End of the Day
I Dreamed a Dream
Lovely Ladies
Fantine's Arrest
The Runaway Cart
Who Am I?
Come to Me
The Confrontation
Castle on a Cloud
Oh Help! I Think I Hear Them Now
Now Look Who's Here
Master of the House
Tell Me Your Name, Have No Fear
The Bargain
Thénardier Waltz
Look Down [ii]
The Robbery
Javert's Intervention
That Inspector Thinks He's Something
Eponine's Errand
Red and Black
Do You Hear the People Sing?
I Saw Him Once
In My Life [i]
A Heart Full of Love
'Parnasse, What Are You Doing?
This Is His Lair
One Day More
Building the Barricade
On My Own
At the Barricade
You at the Barricade, Listen to This
I Have Overheard Their Plans
Bravo, Little Gavroche!
Good God! What Are You Doing?
A Little Fall of Rain
She Is the First to Fall
Night of Anguish
First Attack
Little People
Drink with Me to Days Gone By
Bring Him Home
Dawn of Anguish
The Second Attack
The Final Battle
Dog Eats Dog
Soliloquy [ii]
Empty Chairs at Empty Tables
Every Day
Valjean's Confession
The Wedding Chorale
Beggars at the Feast
Alone I Wait in the Shadows
Now You Are Here
In My Life [ii]
Les Miserables has had 13 productions including West End which opened in 1985, Broadway which opened in 1987, Broadway which opened in 1987, US Tour which opened in 1987, US Tour which opened in 1988, US Tour which opened in 1988, Broadway which opened in 2006, Broadway which opened in 2006, US Tour which opened in 2010, Broadway which opened in 2014, US Tour which opened in 2017, West End which opened in 2021 and West End which opened in 2021.
Les Misérables has been nominated for several awards, including the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award, the Outstanding Non-Resident Production at the Olivier Awards for the National Theatre, and the Musical of the Year at the Olivier Awards for Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, and Claude-Michel Schönberg.
Les Misérables has won several awards, including the BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award and the Outstanding Non-Resident Production award at the Olivier Awards. It has also been recognized as the National Theatre Musical of the Year. Individual awards have been given to Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer, and Claude-Michel Schönberg for their contributions to the musical.



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