Les Miserables

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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The Sondheim Theatre originally opened as the Queen's Theatre in 1907, designed by William George Robert Sprague. The extravagant West End venue opened with a comedy called The Sugar Bowl, which ran for a mere 36 performances. Several short run productions followed, and over the years the theatre hosted a number of stars, including Fred Astaire, Kenneth Branagh, Noel Coward, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave and more.

In 1940, during a successful run of Rebecca, the theatre was destroyed in an air raid that saw the foyer hit by a bomb. Following this, the theatre went dark to undergo repairs and remained closed for almost two decades.

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 (1970’s) and Three Sisters (1990) starring a trio of Redgraves, as well as Stephen Sondheim's Passion, starring Maria Friedman and Michael Ball.

Further notable productions include The Hobbit (2001-2002), Mysteries (2002), Umoja: The Spirit of Togetherness (2002), Contact (2002-2003), The Rocky Horror Show (2003) and Cyberjam (2003-2004). RSC shows The Taming of the Shrew (2004) and The Tamer Tamed (2004) followed.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Les Miserables transferred to the theatre in 2004, after eighteen years of success at the nearby Palace Theatre. Les Miserables has been running successfully at the theatre since.

In 2019 the theatre underwent refurbishment, causing Les Miserables to temporarily play at the nearby Gielgud Theatre. The show returned in the refurbished theatre in December 2019, with the 2009 'New' production of the show, which is used on Broadway and tours. The newly refurbished theatre was renamed as the Sondheim Theatre, in honour of the composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim