Les Miserables at the Queen’s Theatre

The legendary production of Bounlil and Schonberg’s Les Miserables which is an acclaimed, long running musical and a global stage sensation is continuing at the Queen’s Theatre. The classic production has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 21 languages around the world. It is still breaking box-office records wherever and wherever it is being performed. It is a far more serious story than conventional musicals due to which grand, operatic choral numbers have a far greater emotional power than the West End standards. It is a brilliantly executed show that will provide you with an intense evening.

Les Miserables is set in the backdrop of 19th-century France, and it is an alluring story of unrequited love, broken dreams, passion, sacrifice and redemption which provides an unflinching proof of the survival of the human spirit.

The story revolves around an ex-convict, Jean Valjean, who is released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang and he finds out that the yellow ticket-of-leave that he is bound to display, makes him an outcast. However, he is treated kindly by the saintly Bishop of Digne but Valjean betrays his kindness by stealing some silver. He is caught and brought back by the police but the Bishop saves him by lying to the police. He also gives Valjean two precious candlesticks, who decides to turn over a new chapter in his life but fate has something else in store for him. He is hunted by the ruthless policeman, Javert after he breaks parole. However, his life changes after he agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette.

Les Miserables is a class apart in theatrical shows and it features songs like “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”. It has also been made into a major motion picture. The director of the show is Trevor Nunn. The current cast includes Geronimo Rauch as Jean Valjean, Tam Mutu as Javert, Craig Mather as Marius, Samantha Dorsey as Cosette and Danielle Hope as Eponine.

The Queen’s Theatre is paradoxical in the sense that it looks ugly from the outside but it is so gorgeous inside. This is because of a German bomb that destroyed its facade and foyer in 1940. A reconstruction was done in 1959 creating the current curve of concrete and brick.

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