Peter Lockyer as Jean Valjean in 'Les Misérables'
Chris Cowley as Enjolras in 'Les Misérables'
This storming revolutionary musical has been stirring up audiences since 1985
If the second longest running show in the West End was looking a little tired, a rejuvenating orchestral facelift was just what the doctor ordered. Cameron Mackintosh's 'little girl' has shaken off that 1980s synth vibe and finally woken up to the organic noughties. This is a new, richer sound with strong operatic undertones and even the faint echoes of chamber music.
Led by compelling ex-'Phantom…' Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean, this dynamic cast blows a whirlwind through the Queen's Theatre, hurtling along Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's famous melodrama. Aided by a swirling revolve and John Napier's stunning constructivist set, we follow Jean Valjean's journey across France as he attempts to escape his criminal past and make amends.
Hadley Fraser as Javert, Valjean's fated pursuer, matches Karimloo's booming vocals and moody stares step for step (at one point rather sweetly causing a premature ovation). Craig Mather and Lisa-Anne Wood do very prettily as lovelorn young leads Marius and Cosette. But it is Alexia Khadime's soaring 'On My Own' that storms the barricades; her plucky and faithful Eponine genuinely pulls at the heartstrings.
For all its legions of fans, there are many who would sniff at this revived 'Les Miserables', branding it 'opera lite'. In a sense they would be right: all this histrionic bombast is only really making soap opera respectable. But so what. This updated and improved production is a real rabble-rouser and while it may be tosh, it's still stirring, beautifully made Cameron Mackintosh.
This review is from 2011. As of January 2017, the cast includes Simon Gleeson (Jean Valjean), Lucy O'Byrne (Fantine), Hollie O’Donoghue (Eponine), Paul Wilkins (Marius), Charlotte Kennedy (Cosette), David Langham (Thénardier), Katy Secombe (Madame Thenardier) and Chris Cowley (Enjolras).
How to get cheap tickets: a limited number of cheap day seats for each night’s performance will go on sale at the box office every morning from 10am. In person only. One or two tickets per person.
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|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus/Leicester Square|
|Price:||£14.75-£177.25. Runs 2hr 50min|
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We sat in row L in the stalls and the seats were very good. We had waited for years to see
Been to my third Musical to date and this is by far the best amongst all. The Queen's Theater is very elegant and has very good acoustics. Unfortunately the tickets I purchased was with restricted view at the corner of the upper circle, but overall it was not a big issue. The story was very well played out, with some comical and laughing moments. The circular rotating stage was ingenious coupled with the merging stage props which gave a very good visual effect.
Overall both my spouse and I had an amazing time and will highly recommend this musical to anyone visiting London West End and only have time for one show.
Obviously this is the biggie- the ultimate musical which has taken on a life of it's own (thanks Susan Boyle!). It is the quintessential West End experience & fortunately lives up to the hype. A fabulous set showcases the epic songs & our tragic tale unfolds with a comic injection courtesy of the hapless Monsieur Thénardier. I laughed, I cried & even on my 5th viewing the hairs still stood up on the back of my neck.. Marveilleux et merci
We missed it! 😱 My daughter took I'll and we gave our tickets to friends. Tho? They loved it. We hope to go tonight if we can get good seats.
The songs are stunning, the performances from the whole cast are incredible and the stage design is hugely impressive. There's nothing not to love - if you want to see a show that will excite you and, ultimately, move you, this is the one!! Still my favourite musical after all these years.
I was lucky enough to see the show on it's 30th birthday. It hasn't lost any of it's freshness and is as relevant to audiences now as it was in 1985. The show does not need celebrity names to keep the audiences coming time and time again. The show will outlive us all I'm sure
I have watched Les Misérables the film many times and it is one of my favourites. Watching the musical at the theatre was certainly different but it was an equally enjoyable experience. I would add, though, it is important not to compare the two when watching them. The singing is majestic and the songs are performed incredibly well, particularly the songs ‘Master of the House’ and ‘One Day More’. The plot, on the other hand, may not have been easy to follow for someone who did not know the storyline. For example, the play highlights when the year changes from 1815 to 1823 but then does not make obvious the next skip in years. The fact it is set during the French Revolution is also not made clear, and the gun-battle scene springs upon you without much background. The performance of Jean Valjean by Peter Lockyer was solid if unspectacular, but he was out performed by Javert – the stringent, law-abiding officer played by Jeremy Secomb. Having said this, you will leave with goose-bumbs following an excellent and moving production of a classic story.
A group of four of us saw this show for the first time and we completely over whelmed by the simplicity of the props but despite this how powerfully the story was portrayed by the music & cast . Would highly recommended this show
Even though we were told the seats would have a restricted view, we had no issues at all with seeing the stage. I have seen Les Mis several times before, and never tire of the story, with its mix of politics, love, and bravery.
My son & I thouroughly enjoyed the whole evening . I would highly recommen this show storyline very emotional.
Les miserable was a power full and emotional show. At the end of the show I had teares in my eyes as it was so good and you could folow the story easrly.
Despite having run for over 25 years, there are moments of Trevor Nunn and John Caird's production that elicit goosebumps. The use of lighting to evoke atmospheres from a sweaty tavern to a bloody barricade and the use of the revolve to create spectacular, lasting stage images remain examples of supreme stagecraft, and remind us that the now-dated Nunn used to have a real knack for theatrical magic-making. Boublil and Schonberg's makes up for in scale and beauty what it occasionally lacks in nuance, and though the cast are doubtless hampered by the fact that they are working with 28 year-old blocking, they do a decent job of keeping the material fresh. 'Les Miserables' holds a special place in many people's hearts - mine included - for a variety of reasons; because it was one of their earliest experiences of a musical theatre score, in many cases. It is far from the best musical ever written, as a recent poll may have you believe, but it remains an emotional masterpiece and an example of theatre where spectacle does not preclude content.
Having seen the film it was time to see the show on stage. I don't think you can compare the two though. The vocals were good but not as strong as I had expected, the staging was amazing. A thoroughly enjoyable emotional roller coaster of an evening,
Do you hear the people sing? It is the sound of ‘Wow - that was worth every penny!’ As we all spent several hours engrossed in the journey of Les Miserables: Shedding a tear at the barricades, rejoicing when Cosette and Marius finally get together and crying once again when Val Jean dies. Until the final curtain falls, and we are left begging for more. Even though the male cast is slightly stronger than the female singers. And, at times, my view was a bit obscured. It did not detract from drama and spectacle of it all.
Thank you so much for the wonderful evening!!I really loved it. I will always keep it with me. I appreciate everything!!! Many thanks Amelia
There is no point in reviewing Les Mis, as there are no words to describe how beautiful and splendid this musical is. i wouldn't know where to start, if I had to list the things I liked most - the whole experience is simply amazing, the whole atmosphere was breath-taking.
A classic and must see show. The show was delightful! I was worried about it being fairly long but for a more classical musical, it was amazing. The cast, especially Rauth, had strong vocals and an amazing performance. The staging was well done in the relatively small theatre and the battle was exciting. Overall an exciting, heart wrenching, and enjoyable film.
The most amazing production I have ever seen and I've seen a lot. I ended up crying the acting the singing the dancing the lines were so perfect and emotional. This really is a must see play just because of how amazing it is. So much better than expected. Planning to see les miserables again haha.
To be honest I have fought going to see this musical ever since it opened, i was convinced i would hate it and had no interest in what i beleived the theme and storey was, but as one of my favourite actors and singers was in it "Ramin Karimloo" who i had seen many times as the Phantom and who I think is totally amazing, I decided that before he left the role if i was going to see it now was the time, Well what can I say? from saying that no show would ever take over as my favourite "Phantom of the Opera" how wrong could I be, Les Mis totally blew me away, it truly is the best I have ever seen, so much so, that immediately after seeing it my husband and I have booked to see it again in a weeks time and I cant wait, so if you have ever had doubts about seeing this fantastic show, take the plunge and give it a go, You surely wont be disappointed.
One this is the longest running musical in the commercial world! 2 this is the best musical ever in the world. 3 it should run forever it's more of an institution than a blockbuster!!