Les Misérables musical has the distinction of being the longest running musical in the world ever and it has been running non-stop for the past 25 years continuously in different regions of the world, covering 42 countries spread across several continents. In London, it is open for public viewing at the Queen’s Theatre in City of Westminister, located at the Shaftesbury Avenue. Over the span of 25 years, this show has generated enough curiosity and critical acclaim that it has been watched by more than 65 million people till date and it still continues to earn strong praise for its technical brilliance as well as fine acting.
Les Miserables was first initially introduced to the world in the form of a novel, by the same name, written by the noted French novelist Victor Hugo. He was also a poplar poet of his times and published many other noteworthy literary works. Since its launch, the novel had evoked a strong and positive response from the audience and the adaptation to the stage musical was one of the easiest ways to promote it to a larger global audience who can enjoy its universal theme of love, hate, passion and humanity.
The central theme of Les Miserables is weaved between a young man named Valjean and a girl called Cosette, who happens to be a prostitute’s daughter. Valjean was previously an ex-convict who is hunted by a ruthless policeman called Javert for breaking his parole. Since then, Valjean has assumed a new identity and name and is working as a Mayor and a factory owner. The backdrop for this story is 19th century France where revolution was brewing. If you are going to this musical expecting laughter and humor, then you will surely be disappointed as it is mostly an emotional journey for the audience. The show will throw at you thought provoking questions for which you have to search your inner being for answers.
The setup and the props used for Les Miserables are lavish and royal in nature. The background crew work tirelessly in order to ensure that everything looks the right way for the audience to enjoy the show. The costumes are designed to replicate the 19h century fashion and the actors undergo hours of relentless training and practice to get their acts right. Being a musical, Les Miserabels features plenty of songs that include the popular “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On my own” and “Bring Him Home”. The actors playing the characters are the finest in their profession and they have been loved by the critics as well.
With close to 3 hours running time, this show is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be missed. Tickets for the show can be booked online in advance or they can be purchased directly at the venue by arriving early. The nearest tube station to Queen’s theatre is Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and there is also dedicated car parking available at the venue. To know more details on the show timings, you need to check the official website of the show.
Queen’s Theatre, 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA, UK