Nominated for a number of awards, the Les Miserables movie has increased interest in a London stage version of the popular story.
The Queen’s Theatre is currently hosting a musical Les Miserables that has received strong reviews.
According to the Stage: “Les Miserables is not the show to go and see if you fancy a sing-along, or require knockabout comedy, but for sheer musical theatre spectacle and an emotional roller coaster, it quite rightly remains the best show in town.”
The play is based on the famous Victor Hugo novel and tells the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant in 19th century Paris and his lifelong battle with a police inspector called Javert.
Valjean becomes a mayor, helps to raise the daughter of a dying prostitute and joins the fight for freedom in France.
It certainly includes all the elements of a good story with rivalry, love and plenty of action.
The Queen’s Theatre’s version recently won the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Olivier Audience Award and has been described by some as “the pride of the West End”.
It has been estimated that in the 28 years since its launch the stage version has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and in 22 different languages.
Evening performances take place from Monday to Saturday, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Tickets range from £22.50 to £65, with concessions available for restricted viewing seats.
The Queen’s Theatre is a short walk from Piccadilly Circus London Underground station, so is ideal for those staying in central London hotels.