Les Miserables

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Les Misérables is the smash-hit phenomenon that has wowed West End audiences for over 30 years. A multi-award winning sensation, the French musical from Miss Saigon composers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg features astounding show-stoppers such as "I Dreamed a Dream", "On My Own" and "One Day More".

Set against the backdrop of the 19th century French revolution, Les Misérables is the timeless tale of love, hope, loss and redemption. When ex-convict Jean Valjean is freed from prison, he does all he can to escape from his past, including becoming Mayor and adopting the daughter of a woman whose demise he caused. As Cosette grows up, she too is haunted by Valjean's past, and when the French revolution hits, Valjean is forced to sacrifice everything for his family.

 
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Booking until 14 October 2017
Running Time: 3 hours

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History

The Queen’s Theatre was built in 1907 and was designed as part of a pair with the neighbouring Gielgud Theatre. The theatre opened with a comedy called Sugar Bowl, that ran for just over a month, followed by many other short running plays and comedies.

In 1913 the Queen’s Theatre hosted Tango Teas, which saw the Stalls transformed into a dance floor surrounded by tables. The Teas were popular but the theatre's first big success was a wartime production of Potash and Perlmutter (1914), a story about Jews in New York which ran for over 600 performances.

Miles Malleson’s The Fanatics created much controversy in 1920 with its strong anti war rhetoric and its open discussion of sex and marital problems.

In 1940, during a successful run of Rebecca, the Queen’s theatre was destroyed in an air raid that saw the foyer take a direct hit from a bomb. After this almost complete destruction, the theatre was dark for almost 20 years whilst the building was repaired.

Reopening in 1959 with John Gielgud’s solo performance in Shakespeare Speeches and Sonnets, Ages of Man, the theatre was officially back in action and saw a number of notable productions throughout the rest of the century including Hair (1970s), Three Sisters (1990) starring a trio of Redgraves and Stephen Sondheim's Passion, starring Maria Friedman and Michael Ball.

The turn of the century saw productions of The Hobbit (2001), The Rocky Horror Show (2003) and a selection of RSC productions.

The theatre struck luck as Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables transferred to the Queen’s Theatre following an 18 year run at the Palace Theatre. Les Miserables opened at the Queen’s on the 12th April 2004 and has been running at the theatre ever since.