With music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and the original French script by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel adapted into English by Herbert Kretzmer, based on the Victor Hugo novel, Les Misérables, besides being the musical phenomenon of our times, has beaten all possible records in the UK and worldwide. Performed for the first time in 1980, in the Palais des Sports, Paris, and, five years later, in the West End of London, this musical has won eight Tony Awards and three Olivier Awards, and has been performed in more than 40 countries across the five continents.
An unmissable musical for lovers of the genre, Les Misérables is the source of such classics as “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Look Down”, “One Day More”, “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Castle on a Cloud”. Popularly known as Les Mis., the London production is the only one in the world working with the same creative team as when it was originally performed. After several moves, this musical has been settled at Queen’s Theatre, London, since 2004.
Running time: 2 hours and 50 minutes, including interval
Recommended age: seven and over. Children under five years old are not allowed into the theatre.
Based on the popular novel by Victor Hugo, the musical Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who dreams of liberation in 19th-century France. After spending 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread for his family, he’s conditionally released. Permanently scarred by his past, Valjean, now marginalised in society, can’t find a job to earn a living and so he returns to crime.
But the appearance of a kind-hearted bishop encourages him to reflect on the meaning of life and makes him start a new life, where he tries to do good and help everyone who needs it. This new identity is threatened by inspector Javert, a man who’s dedicated his entire life to obeying the law and who’ll never forget his prisoner number 24601.
Tickets available until Saturday, 29 June 2019.
Performances programmed from Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm, with Friday and Saturday matinee at 2:30pm. There are no performances on Sunday.
How much are Les Misérables tickets?
Ticket prices go from £27.50 in the upper circle to £210 for premium tickets in the stalls. If you want to make sure tickets are available, we recommend booking 12 weeks in advance.
Upper circle tickets: (297 seats available). Definitely the cheapest ticket option, but with the most limited view. Ticket prices in this area go from £27.50 to £72.
Dress circle: (283 seats available) the best-value seats. With the best quality-price relationship, these seats offer a good view of the stage at a reasonable price You can reserve seats in this area from £72 to £150.
Stalls: (473 seats available) the best seats can be found in this zone. The central area is home to the premium tickets, which can cost as much as £210, though you can find seats with an excellent view from £96.
Last-minute tickets: save money by buying last-minute tickets. See the special discounts available for the next four weeks.
How can I get cheap Les Misérables tickets?
The cheapest tickets for the musical are in the highest zone of the theatre, that is, the upper circle. If you book sufficiently in advance, you can get tickets from £27.50. But remember that the price may vary depending on the day. We recommend choosing performances programmed on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, since those are the cheapest.
Located in the heart of the West End, the address of Queen’s Theatre is: 51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6BA. First opened in 1907, the theatre has hosted this musical since 3 April 2004. After more than 13,000 performances, Queen’s Theatre, London, is now the only theatre in the world that is still offering the original production of Les Misérables, first performed in London in 1985. Following renovations, to adapt the theatre for the production, it now has 1,053 seats available: 297 in the upper circle, 283 in the dress circle and 473 in the stalls.
How do you get to Queen’s Theatre, London?
The nearest underground stops are Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, while Charing Cross station is a 20-minute walk from the theatre. The bus also goes there and the best lines to take are (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19 and 38, or (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159 and 453.
The theatre is also a member of Q-Park’s Theatreland scheme, which means you can save up to 50% on parking. If you decide to go by car, the nearest car park is Chinatown, which is a three-minute walk away.
Recommended age: the musical is recommended for children over seven years old. Children under 16 years old must go with an adult and sit in adjoining seats to them. All members of the audience, regardless of their age, must show a valid ticket and be able to sit in the seat assigned to them.
Running time: the musical is split into two acts, with an interval between them. Its total running time is 2 hours and 50 minutes, including the interval.
Accessibility: the theatre is entirely accessible for people with reduced mobility. There are special prices for people with disabilities and one companion. Please contact the theatre if you require assistance.
Audio-described and captioned performances also take place frequency.
Group tickets: special prices are available for groups of 10 or more.
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