Legendary Les Misérables is still lighting up our stages

A shot of part of the cast of Les MisérablesCameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boubil and Schönberg’s Les Miserables is now a world-wide phenomenon. Les Misérables has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the world. In recent news it is still breaking box office records.

Set against the backdrop of 19th century France, Les Misérables tells a captivating story about broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. The essence of the story is of a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The story focusses on an ex-convict called Jean Valjean, who has been 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.

When Les Misérables transferred to The Palace Theatre, where it ran for 18 years and then continued its triumphant run at The Queen’s Theatre, the production gained intimacy, power and still receives standing ovations after every performance. In nearly 10 years, more than 145,000 students in over 2,900 productions worldwide have interpreted Les Misérables in their own style.

When Susan Boyle sang the song ‘ I Dreamed a Dream’ on the popular television show Britain’s Got Talent, almost overnight it became the world’s most popular song with over 200 million YouTube hits. The connection with this song, as well as worldwide exposure meant that Les Misérables is a hit all over again.

Les Misérables is a sung-through musical play based on the novel Les Misérables by the French Poet and playwright Victor Hugo. The musical is proving more successful than ever – it has already opened in USA and Spain and is planning to open in South Africa, Japan, and Australia.

The running time of Les Misérables is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes with ticket prices ranging from £20 to £67.50. This enthralling musical will be running until 26th October at The Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue.

After taking in this charismatic performance, why not head over to DUKES Bar to complete the night with one of our world famous martinis created by the legendary Alessandro Palazzi?

Image courtesy of VillageTheatre