facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen.

Milestone performances for Mamma and Misérables

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 5 September 2014

Two of London’s longest running musicals reach landmarks in their history this month. Mamma Mia!, the fun-loving musical created around the songs of Swedish supergroup Abba, celebrates its 3,500th West End performance on 23 August, just five days after becoming the longest running show at the Prince of Wales on 18 August. The world’s longest running current musical, Les Misérables, marks its 9,000th London performance on 10 August.

Mamma Mia!, the musical favoured by Dancing Queens and Super Troopers, opened in London over eight years ago. Telling the tale of Sophie who, as she is about to get married, tries to discover the identity of her father, Catherine Johnson’s book is interweaved with a collection of Abba’s most famous hits.

Since it premiered in the West End, Mamma Mia! has grown into a global phenomenon, and has been seen by more than 30 million people in 160 cities across the world. In the UK alone, 4.5 million people have enjoyed an evening of pop-tastic entertainment and the show has made £155 million.

Mamma Mia! currently stars Linzi Hateley, Joanna Monro and Jane Gurnett alongside Hannah Robertson as Sophie Sheridan, and is booking until 28 June

Les Misérables, adapted from Victor Hugo’s epic novel by the team of Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer, with direction by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, keeps setting the benchmarks by which all West End long-runners are measured.

Occupying its third London home – Les Mis has played at the Barbican, Palace and now Queen’s – the tale of love, loss, crime and forgiveness in revolutionary Paris turned 21 on 8 October 2006, becoming the longest running musical in the world by breaking the record set by Cats. Worldwide, Les Mis has been seen by more than 55 million people in 38 countries.

The West End production is currently led by John Owen-Jones as Jean Valjean, and Hans Peter Janssens as Javert, and is currently booking until 27 September 2008.



Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.