When discussing Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alan Boublil's musical adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel of the same name, few superlatives remain that have not already been used to describe the longest running musical in the world.
Written in France in 1980, and set against the backdrop of the 1832 Paris Uprising, the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean's heroic redemption amid lovers and revolutionaries first opened in London, at the Barbican, on 8th October 1985. The UK No 1 single that day was 'If I Was' by Midge Ure, the Ultravox man's only solo chart-topper. Stonewashed jeans and big hair were both at their height of popularity and combined to devastating effect by rockers everywhere.
That 'Les Mis' thrilled poodle-permed audiences then as much as it does those fiddling with their iPhones in 2012 is testament to the timeless, transcendental brilliance of Schönberg and Alan Boublil's creation.
More than two years after its 10,000th London show, and two years on from a 25th Anniversary Year that saw both a revival at the Barbican and a celebration performance at the O2 Arena, Les Misérables continues to flourish with the Queen's Theatre production taking bookings long into another year.
Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre is now booking until Saturday 26th October 2013. We have tickets available now, priced from just £10 for some restricted view Upper Circle seats to £67.50 for the best stalls for some performances.