Les Miserables Tickets

Queens Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Important Info
Les Miserables Child Policy

Recommended for children aged 8 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.All patrons, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the theatre. Please ensure that any children or infants for whom you are responsible also have a valid ticket. Your child should be able to sit unaided within the purchased seat. We do not allow children to be seated on an adult’s lap or babes in arms.
Performance Timings
Monday - 19:30
Tuesday - 19:30
Wednesday 14:30 19:30
Thursday - 19:30
Friday - 19:30
Saturday 14:30 19:30
Sunday - -
Show Info

Book Les Miserables Tickets

The West End's longest running musical, Les Misérables has been enjoyed by over 70 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe and is still breaking box-office records as it passes its 30th year in London. The original production, which features direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, continues to run at the Queen's Theatre, having transferred from the Palace Theatre in April 2004.

Featuring a stunning score by Boublil and Schönberg, Cameron Mackintosh's original production opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, where it went on to become a musical theatre phenomenon. Fans of the show continue to revisit this dazzling original that includes hit songs such as “I Dreamed a Dream”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “Bring Him Home” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”.

Adapted from the original epic novel by Victor Hugo, the musical is set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and tells a powerful and moving story of unrequited love, sacrifice, passion, redemption and revolutionary spirit.

Les Misérables has won a multitude of awards around the globe, and was recently honoured with the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award. It has ran on Broadway in three separate productions, and has enjoyed numerous UK tours. An Academy Award-nominated film adaptation of the show was released in cinemas in 2012 starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, and has continued to broaden the appeal of the show.

Don't miss your chance to see this spectacular original production, and one of the West End's most exciting and powerful musicals.

Book your Les Misérables tickets, playing at the Queen's Theatre today.


About Les Miserables

Opening in 1815, Les Misérables tells the story of convict Jean Valjean who is released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang. As he finds that his ticket of leave condemns him to be a social outcast, he is embittered by years of hardship, and steals silver from a Bishop who lies to save his life in front of the police. Feeling a divine intervention, Valjean swears to start his life anew, breaking his parole in search of a better life. Inspector Javert commits his life to tracking him down, leading to a dangerous past encounter that haunts him at every turn.

After saving the sick Fantine from a life spent as a prostitute in Montreuil, Pas-de-Calais, Valjean commits himself to looking after her daughter Cosette, becoming a surrogate father to the child. As the pair move to Paris to once again escape Javert, they become caught up in the student uprising that threatens the peace in the city. Cosette falls in love with the dashing student Marius, and all the characters find themselves juggling their sense of loyalty with love, compassion and the need for redemption.


Awards 

1985 Laurence Olivier Awards

Best Actress in a Musical (Patti LuPone)

1987 Tony Awards

Best Musical

Best Book of a Musical

Best Original Score

Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Maguire)

Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical (Frances Ruffelle)

Best Direction of a Musical

Best Scenic Design

2012 Laurence Olivier Awards

BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award

2014 Laurence Olivier Awards

BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award


Les Miserables Child Policy 

Recommended for children aged 8 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted. All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.All patrons, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the theatre. Please ensure that any children or infants for whom you are responsible also have a valid ticket. Your child should be able to sit unaided within the purchased seat. We do not allow children to be seated on an adult’s lap or babes in arms.

Important information

Running time
2hrs 50mins
Booking Until
Sat, 2 March 2019
Cast

Les Miserables Cast

Carley Stenson
as Fantine
until 2 Mar 2019

By: Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton
Producer:Cameron Mackintosh
Director:Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Songs by:Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lighting:David Hersey
Sound:Mick Potter and Andrew Bruce
Design:John Napier
Choreography:Kate Flatt
Costume:Andreane Neofitou


Cast List

Emma Barr; Adam Bayjou; Oliver Brenin; Ciarán Bowling; Hugo Chiarella; Andy Conaghan; Killian Donnelly; Alice Ellen Wright; Sophie-May Feek; Hyoie O’Grady; Catherine Hannay; Antony Hansen; Holly-Anne Hull; James Hume; Karis Jack; Ciaran Joyce; Charlotte Kennedy; Katie Kerr; Rebecca Lafferty; Jo Loxton; John Lumsden; Anna McGarahan; Steven Meo; Jonny Purchase; Lauren Soley; Carley Stenson; Jacqueline Tate; Shaq Taylor; George Tebbutt; Hayden Tee; Lee Van Geleen; Danny Whitehead and Paul Wilkins.

Other info: The show premiered at the Barbican on 8th Oct 1985, then transferred to Palace Theatre 4 Dec 1985, before transferring to Queen's Theatre 3 April 2004
Reviews

Les Miserables Critics & Reviews

Critics rating: *****
Review by: Dom O'Hanlon

Les Misérables is a monolith of a musical that at 30 years young shows no signs of slowing down. Even on a Wednesday matinee three decades after opening in London the show received unadulterated concentration from a full house, along with a standing ovation. Part of the joy and the energy comes from the sheer commitment and devotion shown by the cast, who walk the familiar territory as though they're doing it for the very first time. With the highly successful film adaptation making the story familiar to even more people worldwide, it's no surprise that the show continues to capture imaginations and transcends language barriers to become an iconic, yet fully justifiable hit.

Much of the energy can be credited to the strong delivery by the current cast which mixes regulars in the roles alongside fresh faces. Peter Lockyer continues as John Valjean, bringing a handsome and brooding intensity that is matched by his dramatic and powerful tenor. Whilst he excels in the softer moments towards Act Two, he is potentially at his strongest during the dramatic moments within the Prologue, and manages to make the sparse yet vital first twenty minutes work as one cohesive section. By the time we reach “Who Am I?”, the full force of his vocal talent is unleashed, and we're confident that the show remains in highly capable hands.

There's incredible support from Jeremy Secomb as Javert and Katy Secombe as Madame Thenardier, who manages to stay faithful to the role whilst reinventing moments of the comedy, making each line land with a crisp integrity and perfect timing. The People's Dorothy Danielle Hope ups her musical theatre credentials as Eponine, showing a greater maturity of both character and voice that cements her place amongst our finest musical theatre performers.

Much of the fresh energy comes from lovers Marius and Cosette, Craig Mathers and Zoe Doano, who manage to fight their thinly sketched characters and provide much more rounded performances, displaying dramatic heart and allowing the audience to comprehend both of their situations. There's something delightfully skittish and excitable about Doano's Cosette, and she brings a fresh sensibility to “In My Life” that made me listen to the words for the first time and have a new appreciation for the character.

Within the ensemble there are stand out moments from Adam Pearce and Tamsin Dowsett in particular, proving that within each track there is potential for nuance and clarity in delivery.

Every time you revisit this production you find something new to appreciate, which is testimony to the careful direction of John Caird and Trevor Nunn. The old school RSC ethos of the production as an ensemble piece beats throughout the veins of the show, from slow motion sequences to the mime work, it's simple yet wholly effective. John Napier's designs are just as breathtaking 30 years later, as the barricades revolve and ascend against the iconic turntable that allows this sweeping epic narrative the space and pace required to create a free-flowing and concisely constructed adaptation.

From the now iconic opening chords through to the rapturous finale – the show overcomes the risk of feeling like a museum piece, and is instead presented as a contemporary piece of theatre. To many people the show succeeds due to its epic score, which is faithfully rendered by a strong orchestra and excellent sound design. With tweaked orchestrations, each number lands as if new, led by an enthusiastic conductor.

It's clearly a tightly oiled machine but that efficiency does little to stifle the creative and emotional impact that helps the show stay up to date with current West End productions. Whilst the quasi-operatic genre and 80s mega-musical are things of the past, London is all the better for having this prime example of British musical theatre at its finest.

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Venue Info

Queens Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA

VIEW SEATING PLAN


Queen's Theatre

Address:  51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Capacity:  1074

The Queen’s Theatre opened on 8th October 1907. The seventh theatre in London to be designed by W. G. R. Sprague, The Queen’s was built as a pair with the Hicks Theatre (now the Gielgud Theatre). Walter Wallis built both theatres, built with Portland Stone to create a very impressive façade. The theatre was originally intended to be called the Central Theatre, though it was eventually decided that it should be named for Queen Alexandra. A portrait of the Queen hung in the foyer. The interior was decorated in white and gold, with green carpets and upholstery, all reflecting the old Italian Renaissance style. The theatre opened with a production of The Sugar Bowl, a comedy by Madeline Lucette Ryley which garnered terrible reviews and closed after 36 performances.

The theatre was badly damaged in the September of 1940 when a World War II German bomb dropped directly on the building. The façade and front of house areas were destroyed. Closing the theatre, it was another twenty years before the damage was repaired and the theatre reopened. Whilst the auditorium remained untouched, the exterior and foyer were rebuilt with a modern look. John Gielgud opened the theatre in July 1959 with a solo performance in Shakespeare speeches and sonnets, Ages of Man.

The theatre has seen performances from several notable stars, including Fred Astaire, Noel Coward, Alec Guinness, Gertrude Lawrence, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Miranda Richardson, Kenneth Branagh and, recently, Nick Jonas in the long-running musical Les Misérables, the theatre’s tenant since 2004.

The theatre is currently owned by Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, who refurbished the theatre in 2009, improving the front of house area and adding additional seating, as well as reinstating the boxes on the Dress Circle level.

Fun Fact – the Queen’s Theatre is believed to have a resident ghost who is never seen but has been known to pinch the backsides of male cast members!


Seating

The auditorium has three levels - Stalls, Dress Circle and Upper Circle.

The Stalls offers good views of the stage, helped by a noticable rake in the seating from Row H onwards. The overhang of the Dress Circle affects the view of the stage for those in Row M onwards.

The Dress Circle offers good legroom, but the curving of the area means that the sightlines from the outermost seats to suffer. This is reflected in the pricing of these seats. The overhang of the Upper Circle affects the view from Row H onwards.

The Upper Circle has a very good rake in the seating allowing for good views, but the legroom at this level is rather cramped.


Facilities At Queen's Theatre 

Seat plan: Queen's Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities:  Air conditioned
Bar
Disabled toilets
Infrared hearing loop
Toilets
Wheelchair accessible


Access description: 
Level access to the main entrance and foyer, and one step up through a separate entrance to the Box Office (counter straight ahead). 3 steps down from foyer to Dress Circle with 2 steps between rows. 21 steps down to Stalls, 39 up to Upper Circle with 3 steep steps between rows. Staircases have handrails on both sides, steps highlighted. Theatre opens 45 mins before the performance.

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system with 12 headsets – collect from foyer kiosk. You will be asked to sign a receipt. Avoid front row of Stalls. Induction loop in auditorium and at the Box Office.

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are permitted to stay with owners if required. Staff can also look after them. Maximum of 3 guide dogs per performance.

Disabled Access: Entrance to the auditorium is through the fourth side EXIT door on Wardour Street – please ask a member of staff to open this for you. One 5cm step up to 2 spaces at C1 and C25 in the Dress Circle. Companions can sit in the same row. Venue suitable for scooters. 4 scooter and 6 wheelchair transfer seating available in rows C, D or E. Scooter transferees please call.

Toilets: Women’s and men’s at the back of the Dress Circle. More toilets at Stalls and Upper Circle levels.

Disabled Toilets: Adapted toilet with Radar lock in foyer via a ramped corridor (Ushers hold keys).


Nearest tube:  Piccadilly Circus
Tube lines:  Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Location:  West End
Railway station:  Charing Cross
Bus numbers:  (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night bus numbers:  (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car park:  Chinatown (3mins)
Within congestion zone?:  Yes
Directions from tube:  (3mins) Take Shaftesbury Avenue along where the famous illuminated signs are. The theatre will be on your left about 100 metres along, just after the Gielgud Theatre.

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