Les Miserables extended until 27 Oct 2012

The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables has extended its booking period until 27 Oct 2012 at the Queen’s Theatre, London.

Les Miserables has indisputably become the world’s most popular musical, having been seen by over 55 million people worldwide, in 40 countries and in 21 languages and is approaching it’s 25th year. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Set in 19th century France, the dramatic score includes the songs ‘On My Own’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’.

There have been 31 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast album and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK. 

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Les Miserables Extension at Queen’s Theatre to 28 April 2012

Les Miserables has indisputably become the world’s most popular musical, having been seen by over 55 million people worldwide, in 40 countries and in 21 languages and is approaching it’s 25th year has extended its booking period until 28 April 2012.

From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Set in 19th century France, the dramatic score includes the songs ‘On My Own’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’.

There have been 31 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast album and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.

The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of “LES MISERABLES” by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. “LES MISERABLES” is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

Gareth Gates will star as Marius until the 18th June 2011

Matt Lucas will play Thenardier from the 23rd June until the 10th September.

Alfie Boe will play Jean Valjean 23rd June to the 26th November, excluding Monday Evenings and Wednesday matinees. He will also not perform the 6th and 20th August, 10th September, weeks commencing the 19th September and 31st October, the 12th and the 18th November.

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25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables

The new 25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables is transferring to London later this year for a limited season running simultaneously with the ongoing West End production of the original version at the Queen’s Theatre.  This will be the first time that two productions of the same musical will run in the same city at the same time. Just prior to the actual anniversary date, the tour will visit the Barbican Theatre from 14th September to 2nd October 2010. Interestingly enough, the musical had its world premiere there on 8th October 1985.

The new 25th anniversary touring production of Les Miserables istransferring to London later this year for a limited season runningsimultaneously with the ongoing West End production of the original versionat the Queen’s Theatre. This will be the first time that two productions ofthe same musical will run in the same city at the same time. Just prior to the actual anniversary date, the tour will visit the BarbicanTheatre from 14th September to 2nd October 2010. Interestingly enough, themusical had its world premiere there on 8th October 1985.

Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, who is sent to prison for 19 years for the simple crime of stealing a loaf of bread. Valjean breaks his parole and starts a “new life” with a “new name”, free from crime and prison. He works his way up through society and becomes mayor of a small town.

Meanwhile, Valjean is hunted down by Javert, the policeman who’s lifelong search for Valjean and his capture has now become an obsession. Can Javert accept that Valjean is a good and honest man ? Can Valjean avoid being recaptured?

Les Miserables has indisputably become the world’s most popular musical, having been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, in 38 countries and in 21 languages. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece, immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Set in 19th century France, the dramatic score includes the songs ‘On My Own’, ‘One Day More’ and ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’.

There have been 31 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast album and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.

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Les Miserables – The World’s Longest Running Musical

Les Miserables – Now in its 23rd year, Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical, surpassing the record created by CATS in the West End!

This international award–winning musical sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction, against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution. Seen by more than 55 million people worldwide in 38 countries and in 21 languages, this spectacular adaptation of Victor Hugo’s musical masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night. Booking until April 2009.

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Les Miserables Reviews

“With much sledgehammer-like subtlety, Victor Hugo’s novel blasts onstage in a performance that, by no surprise, marks a justification for the musical’s 16th consecutive year in the West End.

Recalling that the original production was by the Royal Shakespeare Company – can its restructuring repeat such highs? – this show crushes later rivals that attempted to conquer such grandiose spectacle.

Les Miserables has a mosaic of characters – police, prostitutes and pragmatic students – woven onto an automatically dramatic backdrop of tragic revolution in France where there is glory in death for a cause.

Its real star, apart from a world-class performance by Hans-Peter Janssens as fugitive turned fighter Jean Valjean, is the pounding, slippery, exquisite score by Claude-Michel Schonberg. Like the production, it has heavy operatic influence. The music is almost incidentally orchestrated, perched to provide a clear path for the vocal crescendos. The score is also oddly uncommercial. There are few hummable choruses with plain chord structure but there are dozens of intricate, consistently strong melodies that carry Herbert Kretzmer’s digestible lyrics.

This wielding backbone is augmented by designer John Napier’s revolving stage, atmospherically effective with David Hersey’s lighting and directors John Caird and Trevor Nunn crackling over decades and cities.

Although almost every number is as strong as a finale, the passion – death, romance or obsession – often provides touching moments such as policeman Javert’s search of the dead and Valjean’s Bring Him Home.

The swinging rowdiness of Master of the House is a welcome variance from the enthralling pomposity of the show’s unrelenting ambition, which supersedes itself when Javert avows to the stars that he will hunt down Valjean. Les Mis is an overwhelming and exhilarating experience that remains a grand daddy musical. ” The Stage

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