Les Miserables - Show InformationThe heroic tale of a man's life journey through France in the 18th century and his struggle to live through both injustice and revolution. Full of passion and courage, Les Miserables has been acclaimed the world over.
The story of Les Misérables itself takes place over 30 years and is incredibly complex. At its most basic level, it is the life story of Jean Valjean, a victim of the class struggle and a harsh and oppressive system. Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to the police to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks. Valjean decides to start his life anew, assuming a new identity. But will fate allow him to? Valjean decides to start his life anew. Things go well but 8 years later, an encounter with a face from the past threatens everything he now holds dear. His life is entwined with that of many people, including Inspector Javert who pursues Valjean with a single-minded, and at times ruthless, belief in duty that he carries out to its tragic end.
Set amidst the social and political struggles of nineteenth century France, Les Miserables sweeps its audience through a tale of passion and destruction against a backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution.
The musical Les Miserables is a multi-award winning adaptation of Victor Hugo's humanitarian classic about one man's determined survival in the face of relentless persecution and the triumph of the human spirit.
Les Miserables has indisputably become the world's most popular musical, having been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, in 38 countries and in 21 languages.
The dramatic score includes the songs 'On My Own', 'One Day More' and 'Do You Hear The People Sing?'.
Les Miserable has already been performed in 26 countries, 120 cities and sung in 14 different languages!. Having won awards all over the world, including an unprecedented eight Broadway Tony awards, Les Miserables has earned itself a unique place in musical history.
|Author(s)||By Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo.|
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|Reviews||"A musical that makes history" Newsweek|
"This great musical is a masterpiece of storytelling"
The Sunday Times (June 2000)
"This irresistable musical has never seemed more moving"
The Daily Mail (October 2001)
"Not just the musical of the decade but of the century"
Sheridan Morley, International Herald Tribune