Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed fully-staged new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is now playing at London’s Sondheim Theatre.
This brilliant new staging has taken the world by storm and has been hailed “Les Mis for the 21st Century” (Huffington Post), “a reborn dream of a production” (Daily Telegraph) and “perfect theatre in a perfect theatre” (Sunday Telegraph).
The magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs; “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More”, “Master Of The House” and many more. Seen by over 130 million people worldwide in 53 countries and in 22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular musicals.
Artfully weaving political rebels, passionate lovers and bitter rivalries, Les Mis the musical tickets are the perfect way to experience first-hand the show that keeps audiences coming back for One Day More of this magnificent musical masterpiece.
Les Misérables tickets are the best theatre gift you can give, whether you’re seeing London’s favourite musical for the first time or returning for the full Les Mis experience nearly four decades after the show first opened.
Treat the whole family to Les Misérables theatre tickets – it’s a dream of a show for theatre lovers of all ages! Les Mis makes any date-night special and any anniversary a night to remember. You’ll never forget your first trip to Les Misérables – and once is never enough.
What’s Les Misérables about?
Victor Hugo’s great tale of love, tragedy and redemption spans decades and tells the tale of reformed convict, Jean Valjean, as he attempts to rebuild his life after serving nineteen years in jail for stealing bread to feed his sister’s starving child.
Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is freed from prison but breaks his parole and despite his best attempts to start a new life, is hounded by his arch-nemesis, the moralistic Inspector Javert.
Set some half a century after ‘La Révolution Française’, Les Mis is often referred to as the musical of the French Revolution but in fact, it is set against the backdrop of the June Rebellion. This revolt saw pitch battles fought in the streets of Paris between student revolutionaries and the authorities; the heroism of these students is key to much of the action in Les Misérables the musical.
Love, loss, revenge and redemption lie at the heart of this epic story, as the tale unfolds of Valjean, Javert, Marius, Eponine and Cosette – some of musical theatre’s greatest ever characters.
Les Misérables is a musical with songs by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, with English lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French lyrics co-written by Jean-Marc Natel. Les Misérables is one of the greatest novels in French literature and today, a defining moment in the great tradition of musical theatre. Truly outstanding, “Les Miz” is regularly voted one of the most popular musicals of all time.
Les Misérables songs
Les Misérables has one of musical theatre’s most recognisable scores. It features I Dreamed a Dream, the song which made a global star of Susan Boyle...but the songs themselves are the true stars of Les Mis. They include: At The End of the Day, Lovely Ladies, Who Am I?, Castle on a Cloud, Master of the House, Look Down, Stars, Do You Hear The People Sing?, In My Life, A Heart Full of Love, One Day More, On My Own, Little People, A Little Fall of Rain, Drink with Me, Bring Him Home, Turning and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables.
Les Misérables awards
The original West End production of Les Misérables was nominated for four Olivier Awards, including a win for Patti Lupone as Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical. Since then, the show has added more wins at the Olivier Awards, including the Audience Award for Most Popular Show in 2012 and 2014.
The 1987 original Broadway production of Les Mis won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.
Five ‘Formidable’ Facts about Les Misérables
Think you know your Jean Valjean from your Thénardiers? Here are five fascinating facts about the West-End’s longest running musical:
1. Alain Boublil was inspired to adapt Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables after visiting London to see a revival of the musical, ‘Oliver!’…Charles Dickens’ creation ‘The Artful Dodger’ instantly reminded him of Hugo’s ‘Gavroche’ and the rest is history!
2. Les Misérables is known affectionately as “Les Mis” or “Les Miz”. It was famously nicknamed ‘The Glums’ by a critic when it first opened in London (a reference to a segment of 1950s radio show Take it from Here). In fact, the term ‘Les Misérables’ is not a reference to misery, but instead a reference to the poor and downtrodden of French society. It’s the way that the characters in Les Mis strive through adversity that makes it such a triumph.
3. The score for Les Misérables was originally written entirely in French. Since crossing the channel, it has also been translated into at least 21 different languages including Argentinian, Castillian, Czech, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Mauritian Creole, Mexican Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, and Swedish.
4. In 2004, a special performance of Les Misérables took place at Windsor Castle to honour French President Jacques Chirac, celebrating a hundred years of the ‘entente cordiale’. This declaration of friendship between Britain and France ushered in an era of peace after many centuries of conflict.
5. The filming of the 2012 movie version of Les Misérables took a toll on two of its biggest stars; Hugh Jackman dropped 15 pounds in weight to play Valjean’s scenes at the start of the movie, even going without water for 36 hours before filming. Anne Hathaway went even further, losing 25 pounds – the experience left her mentally and physically exhausted.
What do critics think of Les Misérables?
“DAZZLING STAGING AND MEGAWATT PERFORMANCES” - The Times
“PERFECT THEATRE IN A PERFECT THEATRE” - Sunday Telegraph
“LES MIS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY” - Huffington Post
“A REBORN DREAM OF A PRODUCTION” - Daily Telegraph
Les Misérables creatives
Concept, Book and Original French Lyrics – Alain Boublil
Book and Music – Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyricist – Herbert Kretzmer
Director – James Powell
Director – Laurence Connor
Set & Image Designer – Matt Kinley
Lighting Designer – Paule Constable
Sound Designer – Mick Potter
Costume Designer – Andreane Neofitou
Costume Designer – Christine Rowland
Musical Staging – Geoffrey Garratt
Adaptation – Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Original Text – Jean-Marc Natel
2 hours 50 minutes with one interval
- Good To Know
Patrons please note: the performance includes gunfire, smoke and flashing light effects. Please note: The seating plans are not accurate representations of the auditorium. While we try to ensure they are as close to the actual theatre plan as possible we cannot guarantee they are a true representation. Customers with specific requirements are advised to discuss these with the theatre prior to booking to avoid any confusion.
Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance.
Additional Details & FAQ
- Access Information
For information on accessibility please contact 0344 482 5137.
- Cancellation Policy
No refund or exchanges are available after purchase.
- How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email with your e-ticket attached, you must bring the e-ticket on the day. We recommend you arrive a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time.
- Suitable For Children
Age recommendation: 8+
Please note: The performance includes gunfire, smoke and flashing light effects.
Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 3 will not be admitted. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring food or drink purchased elsewhere.
- Where Do I Go
Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
- By Train-CharingCross (approx. 550m)
- By Tube- Piccadilly Circus (approx. 250m) By Bus -14, 19, 38
Feb 20, 2024
What a lovely show.I’m very happy that I had chance to watch.Will recommend to all my friends to do that.
Feb 20, 2024
Feb 16, 2024
Incredible production, a truly all encompassing experience - brilliant ensemble performance with special shout out for Stewart Clarke as Javert. Sets and effects helped to bring everything to life. Amazing.
Jan 20, 2024
Was absolutely 💯 👌 perfect. Loved every second.
Jan 14, 2024
Stunning performance, loved the show
Jan 7, 2024
From the actors to the mise en scène, the performance was spectacular. Even sitting at the back of the grand circle. Yes we’d have preferred to sit in the stalls, but we could see everything from where we were.
Jan 3, 2024
I took my daughter for her 21st Birthday treat as it’s always been a show she’s loved and knows so many of the songs. Fabulous show throughout. The music and cast were outstanding- sets were incredible. The only downside is we were in seats B13 and 14 which should have been great seats but the people in front were on the balcony of the circle and all leaning forward which meant our view was somewhat obscured. I do think staff should make the public sit back in their seats to allow everyone to see. If we all leaned forward nobody behind would see. Maybe the theatres need to all address this as I’ve had it before. Let’s face it it’s not cheap and everyone deserves to get what they pay for.
Dec 5, 2023
Absolutely amazing, highly recommend
Dec 1, 2023
The production and cast were outstanding a phenomenal amount of talent collective. Blown away and goosebumps throughout. Highly recommended
Nov 28, 2023
Amazing. Brilliant. Really enjoyable
Nov 16, 2023
Saw it for the 3rd time EXCELLENT.
Nov 9, 2023
This is the 6th time I have had the pleasure of watching this show and I would not hesitate to go and watch it again! Still as good as ever in all aspects. Beautiful story, beautiful voices and brilliant stage effects!
Oct 13, 2023
This show is just so fantastic Have seen it over 20 times and it just gets better every performance
Christian R. Timmann
Sep 25, 2023
For me Les Misérables is the best musical ever. I saw it no the forth time and every time its stunning. The new staging is really getting the musical in the next century. A must see.
Sep 10, 2023
Aug 22, 2023
Just an amazing venue, Staff and cast, well worth the trip, from Ireland to see one of the best shows in the west end
Aug 18, 2023
Thoroughly enjoyed the show. Very talented people performing on stage.
Jul 26, 2023
Jul 23, 2023
Cast was amazing
Jul 19, 2023
The show started promptly, fantastic acting brilliant ensemble each and every one on the stage had great presence. Also funny in parts outstanding experience. Will definitely see again.
Jul 19, 2023
Best Les Miserables I’ve seen. The singing was incredible, down to core. Performance touched the soul.
Jul 19, 2023
A thoroughly enjoyable show. It is really an unmissable show
Jun 10, 2023
It was the most amazing play I’ve ever seen in my life. The actors were beyond amazing and the music was just perfect to hear live. I will repeat the experience for sure.
Selina and Chris
May 13, 2023
Feb 12, 2023
Have wanted to see this at West End for years and it was worth the wait! Hats off to all the actors, the orchestra and the scene/prop makers! An amazing job!
Jan 22, 2023
Shame about the break due to unforeseen circumstances.
Dec 13, 2022
Fantastic show, wonderful acting and singing, great stage set up and effects. Have seen the show several times and each time it gets better.
Dec 8, 2022
A must see
Nov 19, 2022
The theatre The staff And the cast Made this a amazing night Already planning to see this show again
Nov 1, 2022
My first rime seeing Les Miserables, and the entire show was amazing, the cast were captivating. A totally awesome evening of entertainment.
Oct 13, 2022
Very good performance 😀 with a very talented cast, would recommend
Oct 7, 2022
The show was superb,the singers & actors were all excellent!! It was the best musical ever it was very emotional at times & also very touching .
Oct 7, 2022
It was wonderful we have seen Les Miserables several times and always enjoy it this production even though much smaller was still excellent and we noticed a couple of additional songs
Oct 3, 2022
Les Mis never disappoints, it gets me every time.
C. Barry Quinn
Oct 3, 2022
We loved the Show! Not comfortable for me with leg room. The staff was very courteous and helpful. The change of scene was seemless. A great adventure.
Mrs Tracy Spencer
Sep 30, 2022
What to say, as a suprise for my 58th birthday i was taken to see this production As an avid fan of the movie i was really excited to see it. To say it was absolutely amazing would be a massive understatement. The cast were absolutely fantastic and i thoroghly enjoyed the show immensley. thankyou for making my birthday so very special.
Sep 25, 2022
Bradley Jaden and Jon Robyns are fantastic and all others! We had a great time!
Sep 24, 2022
The play was amazing. Very enjoyable and very good quality of actors and actresses.
Sep 18, 2022
Sep 18, 2022
Fantastic musical, great voices, good show
Sep 16, 2022
Absolutely fantastic performances from everyone concerned brilliant
Sep 15, 2022
Absolutely fantastic. Definitely a must watch show.
Sep 14, 2022
Sep 9, 2022
I will watch again! Worth the travel!
Sep 8, 2022
Sep 5, 2022
Was a fabulous production highly reccomend
Sep 5, 2022
It was amazing did it for my Fiancé for how our 10 year Anniversary he loved it it was brilliant.
Sep 5, 2022
Voices were exceptional as always. The magnificent slow motion revolution scene has gone. Some scenes were given a narration in the back ground and new narratives appeared which for me did not enhance the show. The first church scene felt rushed and the first solo removed. Solos done on empty stage and not during a scene. Why fix something that was not broken. After attending many shows this is sadly the last.
Sep 4, 2022
This was the third time we have seen Les Miserables and it never disappoints us. From all the top class actors with breathtaking voices to the stage settings, it was and always will be the best show in London!
Sep 2, 2022
the show was brillant and our seats were very good for the price I paid.Shame they do not take cash at the bar and the programmes Thank you