Les Misérables

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Cameron Mackintosh's legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg's Les Misérables is now the world's longest running musical, a global stage sensation at the heart of the West End. Read More >

Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schonberg’s Les Misérables is now the world’s longest running musical, a global stage sensation at the heart of the West End.

Les Misérables is a 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, West End favourite Les Misérables tells the story of former prisoner Jean Valjean, who is pursued for decades by his policeman nemesis, Javert. Their epic cat-and-mouse journey will take them from the French fields to the gritty Parisian sewers, amidst an enthralling story of broken dreams, unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

The 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. Having started life as a French-language concept album in 1983, producer Cameron Mackintosh worked in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company to adapt the French musical for a British audience, with the resulting show opening at the Barbican Centre in October 1985. A West End transfer soon followed, along with a Broadway production, and the rest is record-setting history.

The dramatic score of Les Misérables includes numbers such as On My Own, One Day More and Do You Hear The People Sing? Its best known song, perhaps, would be I Dreamed A Dream, made famous through numerous cover versions by artists ranging from Katherine Jenkins to Susan Boyle.

The West End production is currently starring West End leading lady and former Hollyoaks star Carley Stenson as Fantine, and Olivier Award nominee Killian Donnelly as central figure Jean Valjean. Killian’s other theatre credits include Charlie Price in Kinky Boots and Huey in the original London cast of Memphis, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award. David Thaxton, an Olivier Award winner, returned to the cast in January 2018 to play the role of Javert.

Now, seen by more than 70 million people worldwide in 45 countries and in 22 languages, this spectacular musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece continues to thrill audiences night after night at Queen’s Theatre.

Join the people’s crusade – book for Les Misérables in the West End today.

Please note that Killian Donnelly will play his final performance as Jean Valjean in the West End on Saturday 9 June. From Monday 11 June 2018 the company will be: Tegan Bannister; Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou; Ciarán Bowling; Oliver Brenin; Dean Chisnall; Grace Farrell; Sophie-May Feek; Adam Filipe; Antony Hanson; Sam Harrison; Barnaby Hughes; James Hume; Ciaran Joyce; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Sarah Lark, Hannah Grace Lawson; Jessica Lee; Jo Loxton; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Toby Miles; James Nicholson; Amara Okereke; Vivien Parry; Carley Stenson; Elena Skye; David Thaxton; Ben Tyler; Joe Vetch; Raymond Walsh and Andrew York. David Thaxton continues to play the role of ‘Javert’ until Saturday 21 July, with Bradley Jaden starring as ‘Javert’ from Monday 23 July.

You can find out more about the new Les Mis cast here.

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Age Recommendation: 8+

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Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 03/04/2004

Opening Night: 12/04/2004

Booking Until: 02/03/2019

Running time: 2h50, inc. interval

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Cast & Creative


Jean Valjean - Killian Donnelly

Javert - David Thaxton

Thénardier - Steven Meo

Marius - Paul Wilkins

Fantine - Carley Stenson

Eponine - Karis Jack

Madame Thénardier - Jacqueline Tate

Enjolras - Hyoie O’Grady

Cosette - Charlotte Kennedy

Ensemble - Emma Barr, Adam Bayjou, Oliver Brenin, Ciarán Bowling, Hugo Chiarella,  Andy Conaghan, Sophie-May Feek, Catherine Hannay, Antony Hansen, Holly-Anne Hull, James Hume, Ciaran Joyce, Katie Kerr, Rebecca Lafferty, Jo Loxton, John Lumsden, Anna McGarahan, Jonny Purchase, Lauren Soley, Shaq Taylor, George Tebbutt, Lee Van Geleen, Danny Whitehead, Alice Ellen Wright

Please note that the company will change from Monday 11 June 2018 (please see below).



Director - John Caird, Trevor Nunn

Producer - Cameron Mackintosh

Designer - John Napier

Costume - Andreane Neofitou

Lighting Designer - David Hersey

Set Designer - John Napier

Sound - Andrew Bruce

Author - Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg & Herbert Kretzmer

Lyrics By - Original French lyrics by Alain Boublil & English Lyrics By Herbert Kretzmer

Music By - Claude-Michel Schönberg


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