Les Misérables is living proof that critics don’t always make or break a show. First seen in London at the Barbican Theatre in 1985, the reaction was mixed to say the least. But, as the West End’s longest running musical. Loved by millions of people worldwide, we think they might just have got this one wrong…
Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s adaptation of the revolution epic has now been playing in London for more than 30 years and has been seen by a staggering 70 million people worldwide. To put that into context, that’s roughly five million more people than the entire population of the UK!
Its success has been demonstrated throughout Olivier Awards history. Patti LuPone was awarded the coveted Best Actress in a Musical Award for originating the role of Fantine in 1985, and the show has won the Audience Award twice in 2012 and 2014.
Les Misérables now has its sights on an Audience Award hat-trick and is appealing for your votes for this year’s Magic Radio Audience Award. Cast member Phil Daniels explains you shouldn’t wait One Day More to cast your vote in the video above.