Les Misérables is the longest-running musical in the West End, celebrating its 25 Anniversary in 2010. The musical is based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel of the same name, and features a score by French composer Claude-Michel Schönberg with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The musical was originally shown in Paris in 1980 but closed 3 months later, and in 1982, theatrical composer Cameron Mackintosh began to adapt the French musical for a British audience. The musical went on to receive all of the top theatre awards and is one of the most beloved musicals of all time. Les Misérables is currently playing at the Queen’s Theatre.
Les Misérables is set in 19th Century France and tells the stories of the characters as they struggle in a difficult world for redemption. The ensemble of the show includes factory workers and prostitutes, who all join the lead characters in their fight for a revolution. The award-winning score includes songs, ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ and ‘Castle on a Cloud’.
The role of Jean Valjean is played by Geronimo Rauch, with Tam Mutu as Javert. West End veteran Sierra Borgess takes on the role of Fantine, while Samantha Dorsey plays Cosette. Danielle Hope, the winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Dorothy, Over the Rainbow, plays Eponine.
Show Length and Times
Les Misérables lasts for 2 hours and 50 minutes, including a 20 minute interval. Evening performances for the show begin at 7.30pm, Monday to Saturday, and matinees are on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2.30pm.
“The metaphysical struggle between the former convict Jean Valjean and the pursuing policeman Javert is a very real and dramatic one. I always think the sign of any good theatre adaptation is when it sends you straight to the library for a copy of the novel. This does, and it sends you there singing loudly.”
Lyn Gardner at the Guardian
“At face value, Les Misérables might seem a dull and depressing subject for a musical, but the clever mix of humour, pathos, love and loyalty weaves a magical aura that stays with you long after the final curtain.”
Lizzie Guilfoyle at indieLONDON
“What’s really memorable is its sheer passion and pace. Doomy-gloomy through-sung musicals aren’t usually my thing, but there are many moments that send shivers of excitement racing down the spine, others when it is overwhelmingly moving. The composer Claude-Michel Schönberg is an absolute master when it comes to the knockout power ballad.”
Charles Spencer at the Daily Telegraph
Highlights from the show:
Fan Questions and Answers with star David Shannon: