What a few years it has been for Les Miserables. From its celebrated opening at London’s Palace theatre in October 1985 (it is now at the Queen’s Theatre London), this stunning adaptation of Victor Hugo’s epic masterpiece continues to capture the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public.
Now into it’s 27th year Les Miserables has been performed in 42 countries, 221 cities and sung in 21 different languages. Having won awards all over the world, including an unprecedented eight Broadway Tony awards, earning itself a unique place in musical history. Not least when, in 2010, it was performed in three different London theatres.
Night after night people are swept away by the power, the passion and the triumph of human spirit of one of the most famous, and well-loved musicals.
Celinde Schoenmaker now plays ‘Fantine’ and Samantha Dorsey ‘Cosette’.
The boys are represented by Geronimo Rauch as ‘Jean Valjean’ and Tam Mutu as ‘Javert ‘. Jamie Ward has just taken over as ‘Marius’ and Christopher Jacobsen as ‘Enjolras’.
Cameron Blakely and Vicky Entwistle play the wonderful characters of Madame and Monsieur Thenardier.
What a magical cast that is!
Tickets continue to be the hot item that they have always been and Les Miserables Special Offers continue to be the most popular special offers.
Title: Les Miserables
Genre: Musical – Show Songs: Playlist
Theatre: Queens Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1V 8BA, London
Evenings: Mon-Sat 7.30pm
Matinees: Wed & Sat 2.30pm
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Now booking until Saturday, April 2014
Ticket and hotel packages including Les Mis tickets and hotel accommodation start from just £93pp
Nearby hotels include the Radisson Edwardian Hampshire and Leicester Square Hotels and the 3 star St Giles Hotel which is just a 15 minute walk down from Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus.
There is also The Shaftesbury Hotel just along the Avenue and if you want to look just the otherside of Piccadilly Circus there is the 5 star Le Meridien.
The Queen’s Theatre is not that far from Leicester Square Tube station as well as Piccadilly Circus so if you are not staying in the West End then access is pretty easy too.
For pre-theatre dinner either nip across the road to China Town or disappear into Suho, just behind the theatre, for a wide variety of cuisines: Frith Street and Dean Street are my two favourite streets for excellent dining.
4 weeks ago me and the wife went to see Les Miserables at the Queens theatre it was absolutely fantastic.
We have seen many shows over the years and this one is up there at the top - the passion & the drama engulf you and draws you into the characters.
There was a standing ovation from the whole audience, a true tribute to how this show has run for 25 years or more.
On the way home we were still buzzing from the remarkable experience and we would definately recommend it to any one of all ages.
We are even going to see it again and take family members.
It deserves its rave reviews around the world. Definate rating 10/10
I have seen Les Miserables many many times..I am on first name terms with the box office! Les Miserables is a wonderful show that becomes part of your soul.. if you love it..you REALLY love it with a passion!For those who dont know the story...it is about a convict called Jean Valjean who`s only crime was to steal a loaf of bread ..for this(and for trying to escape!) he served 19 years hard labour and on release is pursued by Inspector Javert..an unforgiving man with a mission to put JVJ back behind bars! JVJ becomes mayor and rescues a child who he brings up as his own child..and I wont say any more! I have seen many cast changes and will share some of my favourites!I was absolutely in awe of Ramin Karimloo as the main character Jean Valjean..he portrayed the role in a totally different way than I have ever seen before and was so moving..even though I have seen the show countless times his performance had me in tears of apprectiation! He has such stage presence and charisma.Samantha Barks was an incredible Eponine and played the role in London and at the 02 25th anniversary ( and now has been cast in the film version !!) Well deserved as she really makes the part her own.Norm Lewis was the best Javert I have ever seen - so menacing and totally in character!The shhow also includes a little comedy with The Thenardiers ( an inn keeper and his wife) they have some wonderful scenes that will give you a giggle!The show is currently in The Queens Theatre-having sat in many seats in this theatre I would say that the show looks very different from the stalls to the dress circle(have never sat in the balcony) I think I enjoy the show more from the Dress Circle as you can see everything that is going on on stage- the stage revolves during the show and there is a barricade scene that is seen in much more detail from the Dress Circle. The stalls ,however, do give you an intimate view of the show..so if you particularly want to see a certain person then maybe the stalls would be best.I was lucky enough to be at the VIP screening of the 25th Anniversary and I can honestly say it was one of the highlights of my life! To mingle with not only the show performers...but Cameron Mackintosh and also the writer of the music and lyrics was an incredible experience!If you only have the money for one show...then this has to top of the list!
I saw this 20 odd years ago when (fellow-drama school student) Simon Bowman was playing Marius and now he's the main man singing his heart out as Jean Valjean. And what a richly beautiful singing voice it is too!
Equally, gobsmackingly brilliant is the superb bass baritone vocals of Hans-Peter Janssens (Javert) moving me to tears with the soaring power of "Stars".
Obviously over the years, bits have been added on and taken away to keep the production fresh. Some of the additions weren't, in my opinion, entirely necessary and made the first half extremely long - especially for my 8 year old son who got the wriggles between "Stars" and "One Day More".
However, he was extremely pleased that Epinine showed a good splattering of blood across her chest in the 2nd half and that Enjolras had the obligatory musket wound at the end of the Baricade scene.
A favourite with both my children was, of course, Gavroche, who sported an uncanny likeness to a colleague's 12 yr old son which made him all the more apealling. My son even gave him a standing ovation when he came to take his bow.
In summary, after 25 glorious years this show still has the WOW factor
and I would highly recommend it to all theatre lovers and even those who are taking the first steps into the exillerating world of musicals. You can not go wrong with Les Miserables. 5 stars!