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Les Miserables

See the world's longest running musical sensation at the Queen's Theatre London. Victor Hugo's powerful novel is brought to the stage by the outstanding talent of Herbert Kretzmer and Claude–Michel Schonberg, sweeping its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction.

Set against the backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolutionary turmoil, it is indisputably the world's most popular musical. The magnificent score includes the songs One Day More, I Dreamed A Dream and many more.

About Les Misérables Exactly in the same way as Hugo's original novel, the stage musical originally opened to poor reviews. But once again public opinion defied the critics, creating a runaway success with record–breaking sell–out runs. 'Les Miz', now so popular everyone uses the short form, is now the world's longest–running musical, with 100 international awards including 8 Tonys, 5 Drama Desk and 2 Olivier Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Outstanding Music, Best Director, Best Design, Best Orchestration and a clutch of Best Actor gongs. The musical has been seen by 65 million people in 42 countries and translated into 22 languages including Icelandic, Hebrew, Czech, Estonian, Mauritanian Creole, Flemish and Korean.

Les Misérables – the story

Jean Valjean, 19 years in the galleys for stealing bread, wanders a desperate beggar until kindly Bishop Myriel gives him shelter and food. Valjean ungratefully steals the Bishop's silver but is caught and forced to face his victim, who astonishingly denies any crime and instead gives Valjean the rest of his silver as a gift, urging him to make something of himself. Later, as a successful businessman, Valjean struggles to do good in a world beset by poverty and injustice, and in so doing brings down upon himself the wrath of an implacable police captain as the barricades of Paris ignite in revolution.

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