Les Misérables is the famous musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s great humanitarian novel of one man’s determined survival in the face of another’s vengeful persecution. Set amid the social and political struggles of 19th century France, it tells the story of former prisoner Jean Valjean, who is pursued for decades by his policeman nemesis, Javert.

The dramatic score includes numbers such as On My Own, One More Day, and Do You Hear the People Sing?

At the Barbican, Cameron Mackintosh presents a brand new 25th anniversary production of Boublil & Schönberg’s legendary musical, Les Misérables, with a new staging and spectacular re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. The show originally opened at the Barbican in 1985 before transferring to the Palace later that year, where it remained for nearly 20 years.

Les Misérables is now one of the world’s best-loved musicals and has been produced in 38 countries and translated into 21 different languages. A Broadway production opened in 1987 and won eight Tony Awards.

While Les Misérables runs for 22 performances at the Barbican it will be the first time anywhere in world that two productions of the same musical are playing in the same city. It will also present the only chance London theatregoers have of seeing this acclaimed new production.

For more about Les Misérables at the Barbican theatre, read the First Night Feature.

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