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Sondheim / Queen's Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue W1V 8BA

Les Miserables

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Show Details

Preview 3rd Apr 04
Opens 12th Apr 04
Booking to 14th Oct 17

Show Times

Mon - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Weds & Sat 2.30 pm

Length of show - 3hrs

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.



Originally composed in 1980 by the French composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, the background of this acclaimed and longest running musical drama theinsurrection of the poor in France. is It opened 1985 in the Barbican and then moved to the West End first to the Palace theatre and then to the Queen's where it is still doing well. Critics were annoyed at the temerity of taking great literature (Victor Hugo) and making it into a musical. Despite poor reviews the public loves the production.

"...the songs play over and over and over again in your head; you feel deliciously depressed and uplifted at the same time; and you feel like stopping repression somehow--somewhere--some way".
Jamie Rhein

The Story

The lives of 'les miserables' are fraught with the overt hardship and cruelty of a Napoleonic revolutionary era and the plot spans the life and times of Jean Valjean who is hunted relentlessly by inspector Javert. He meets kindness from the Bishop of Digne which softens his heart. He rescues the small daughter of a friend - Cosette - and others during the action of the underground rebels and the police. Javert finally responds to Valjean's principles of mercy....

....The story is taken forward by a big cast of enthusiastic and talented players who provide what has been one of the most popular musicals to run in the West End.

The Cast

  • Craig Mather - Marius
  • Eva Noblezada - Eponine
  • Peter Lockyer - Jean Valjean
  • Jeremy Secomb - Javert
  • David Langham - Thenardier
  • Katy Secombe - Madame Thenardier
  • Zoe Doano - Cosette
  • Chris Cowley - Enjolras

  • Director - Trevor Nunn & John Caird
  • Lyrics - Herbert Kretzmer
  • Music - Claude-Michel Schonberg
  • Lighting - David Hersey
  • Sound - Mick Potter and Andrew Bruce
  • Costume - Andreane Neofitou
  • Choroegraphy - Kate Flatt
  • Design - Stephen Brimson Lewis
  • Producer - Cameron Macintosh
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