It has played to packed houses since 1985, been performed in over 20 languages and is currently booked through until 2011 at London's Queen Theatre, its current home. That is a considerable achievement by anyone's standards and one which hasn't gone unnoticed by the creator, Cameron Mackintosh. "Les Miserables" is an epic musical set in the 19th century and about an ex-convict who turns 'good'. His past haunts him, yet the people love him and through several smaller plots, we follow the trials and tribulations of him and other characters across a 20 year period.
Mackintosh has now created a new version of "Les Mis" for its 25th anniversary, announcing that it will play at the Barbican Theatre, its original home where it debuted in late '85. The production will feature new staging as well as backdrops derived from the paintings of Victor Hugo, the original author. What makes this even more satisfying is that London will be hosting two productions of the same mammoth work at the same time, with the Queens Theatre version continuing simultaneously.
The Barbican version begins its season on 14th September and continues until 2nd October with tickets costing from £33.45 - available now and selling fast. Don't miss out!
As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations a special date has just been added at the O2 Arena on Sunday 3rd October, featuring English tenor Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Little Britain's Matt Lucas as Thénardier and classical singer Camilla Kerslake in the role of Cosette. There are two performances, a 1PM matinee show and an evening show, starting at 7PM. Tickets for both are selling very quickly, with the £30 side view seats now sold-out - other tickets cost£50, £100 and £150, but note the £50 evening tickets are also sold-out. This will be the first time in the UK the show will have been seen on such a scale.