Les Miserables

Sondheim Theatre
(formerly Queen's Theatre)
Shaftesbury Avenue, London

Previewed: 18 December 2019
Opened: 16 January 2020
Closed: 14 March 2020
Reopened: 25 September 2021
Booking up to: 13 February 2022

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Show times
Monday no shows
Tuesday at 7.30pm
Wednesday at 7.30pm
Thursday at 7.30pm
Friday at 7.30pm
Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday at 2.30pm

Runs 2 hours and 50 minutes including one interval

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Les Miserables

Cameron Mackintosh's NEW production of the classic musical Les Miserables in London

Sweeping its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction against the backdrop of a nation in revolutionary turmoil, this stunning adaptation continues to thrill audiences night after night.

Please note that this is a NEW staging of Les Miserables - directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell. The original production - directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird - closed on 13 July 2019 at the Queen's Theatre (now called Sondheim Theatre).

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 restrictions this production closed on Saturday 14 March 2020, but will reopen once restrictions are eased. A special concert presentation, with a socially-distanced audience, was staged here at the Sondheim Theatre in December 2020, see below.

Victor Hugo: "People reduced to the extremity of need are also driven to the utmost limits of their resources, and woe to any defenceless person who comes in their way. Work and wages, food and warmth, courage and goodwill - all is lost to them. The daylight dwindles into shadow and darkness enters their hearts; and within this darkness man seizes upon the weakness of woman and child and forces them into ignominy. No horror is then excluded. Desperation is bounded only by the flimsiest of walls, all giving access to vice and crime... they appear utterly depraved, corrupt, vile and odious; but it is rare for those who have sunk so low not to be degraded in the process, and there comes a point, moreover, where the unfortunate and infamous are grouped together, merged in a single fateful world. They are 'Les Miserables' - the outcasts, the underdogs."

Will you join in our crusade? Who will be strong and stand with me? Beyond the barricade. Is there a world you long to see? Then join in the fight. That will give you the right to be free!

Musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, original text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, and additional material by James Fenton.

The original cast at the Sondheim Theatre in December 2019 features Jon Robyns as 'Jean Valjean', Bradley Jaden as 'Javert', Rodney Earl Clarke as 'Bishop of Dignes', Carrie Hope Fletcher as 'Fantine' (from 18 December 2019 to 29 February 2020, and from 20 April to 25 July 2020), Rachelle Ann Go as 'Fantine' (from 2 March to 18 April 2020, and from 27 July 2020), Gerard Carey as 'Thenardier' (up to 21 December 2019, and from 4 February 2020), Matt Lucas as 'Thenardier' (from 23 December 2019 to 2 February 2020), Josefina Gabrielle as 'Madame Thenardier', Shan Ako as 'Eponine', Leo Miles as 'Montparnasse', Harry Apps as 'Marius', Lily Kerhoas as 'Cosette', and Ashley Gilmour as 'Enjolras'. Logan Clark, Che Grant, Billy Jenkins, Taye Matthew, and Charlie Stripp share the role of 'Gavroche'. Martha Adams, Ellie Shenker, and Madison Warner share the role of 'Young Cosette'. Please note that all casting is subject to change without notice.

Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with musical staging by Michael Ashcroft and Geoffrey Garratt, sets and projection designs by Matt Kinley, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Mick Potter.

Having won awards all over the world, including eight Broadway Tony awards, Les Miserables has earned itself a unique place in musical history. Around the globe, night after night, thousands of people are swept away by the power, the passion and the triumph of human spirit that is Les Miserables. Now witness a NEW production for the 21st Century.

Les Mis Original London West End Poduction 1985 to 2019

Les Mis London 10th Anniversary Concert 1995

Les Mis London Revival (25th Anniversary Production) 2010

Les Mis London 25th Anniversary Concert 2010

Les Mis London West End 'Concert' Production 2019-2021

Victor Hugo: "Will the future ever arrive?... Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold, lost as it is in the depths, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by dark forces that surround it; nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the stars of the clouds" Victor Hugo, writer of the original novel Les Miserables.

Les Miserables in London at the Sondheim Theatre previewed from 18 December 2019, opened on 16 January 2020, and closed on 14 March 2020, reopened from 25 September 2021


Original London West End Production 1985 to 2019

Previewed 28 September 1985, Opened 8 October 1985, Closed 23 November 1985 at the Barbican Theatre
Transferred 4 December 1985, Closed 27 March 2004 at the Palace Theatre
Previewed 3 April 2004, Opened 12 April 2004, Closed 13 July 2019 at the Queen's Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre)

The cast at the London Barbican Theatre in 1985 and the original West End cast at the Palace Theatre in 1985 featured Colm Wilkinson as 'Jean Valjean', Roger Allam as 'Javert', Ken Caswell as 'Bishop of Digne', Patti Lupone as 'Fantine', Alun Armstrong as 'Thenardier', Sue Jane Tanner as 'Madame Thenardier', Frances Ruffelle as 'Eponine', Keith Burns as 'Montparnasse', Michael Ball as 'Marius', Rebecca Caine as 'Cosette', and David Burt as 'Enjolras', with Christopher Beck, Rebecca Caine, Ian Calvin, Clive Carter, Liza Hayden, Gary Huddlestone, Beverley Klein, Paul Leonard, Jackie Marks, Colin Marsh, Jill Martin, Sally Mates, Aline Mowat, Craig Pinder, Peter Polycarpou, Caroline Quentin, Sian Rivers, and Dave Willets. The role of 'Young Cosette' was shared by Zoe Hart, Jayne O'Mahoney, and Joanne Woodcock. The role of 'Gavroche' was shared by Liza Hayden, Oliver Spencer, and Ian Tucker.

The original cast at the Queen's Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre) in 2004 featured Jeff Leyton as 'Jean Valjean', Michael McCarthy as 'Javert', Ian Caddick as 'Bishop of Digne', Joanna Ampil as 'Fantine', Stephen Tate as 'Thenardier', Katy Secombe as 'Madame Thenardier', Sophia Ragavelas as 'Eponine', Alexia James as 'Montparnasse', Jon Lee as 'Marius', Lydia Griffiths as 'Cosette', and Oliver Thornton as 'Enjolras'. The role of 'Young Cosette' was shared by Georgia Grant, Emily Langham, Georgia Ware. The role of 'Gavroche' was shared by Joe Cooper, Matthew Hodge, Alistar Toovey.

Directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, with musical staging by Kate Flatt, sets by John Napier, costumes by Andreane Neofitou, lighting by David Hersey, and sound by Andrew Bruce.


London 10th Anniversary Concert 1995

Sunday 8 October 1995 at the Royal Albert Hall

AKA Les Miserables: The Dream Cast in Concert. A semi-staged concert version.

The cast featured Colm Wilkinson as 'Jean Valjean', Philip Quast as 'Javert', Ruthie Henshall as 'Fantine', Jenny Galloway as 'Madame Thenardier', Alun Armstrong as 'Thenardier', Lea Salonga as 'Eponine', Michael Ball as 'Marius', Judy Kuhn as 'Cosette', and Michael Maguire as 'Enjolras'.

Staged by Ken Caswell, from original direction by John Caird and Trevor Nunn, sets by John Napier, costumes by Andreane Neofitou, lighting by Patrick Woodroffe and David Hersey, and sound by Andrew Bruce.

The production was directed for film by Gavin Taylor, and released on video/DVD.


London Revival (25th Anniversary Production) 2010

Previewed 14 September 2010, Opened 23 September 2010, Closed 2 October 2010 at the Barbican Theatre

The cast featured John Owen-Jones as 'Jean Valjean', Earl Carpenter as 'Javert', David Lawrence as 'Bishop of Digne', Madalena Alberto as 'Fantine', Ashley Artus as 'Thenardier', Lynne Wilmot as 'Madame Thenardier', Rosalind James as 'Eponine', Luke Kempner as 'Montpamasse', Gareth Gates as 'Marius', Katie Hall as 'Cosette', and Jon Robyns as 'Enjolras'. The role of 'Young Cosette' was shared by Sophie Downham, Doreen White. The role of 'Gavroche' was shared by Max Griesback, Robert Madge, Toby Prynne.

Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with sets by Matt Kinley, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable, and sound by Mick Potter.

This was the touring 're-staged' production which included a three-week run at the Barbican Theatre, where the show was originally seen in 1985.


London 25th Anniversary Concert 2010

Sunday 3 October 2010 at the O2 Arena

AKA Les Miserables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary. A fully-staged concert version, two performances - afternoon matinee and evening.

The cast featured Alfie Boe as 'Jean Valjean', Norm Lewis as 'Javert', Lea Salonga as 'Fantine', Jenny Galloway as 'Madame Thenardier', Matt Lucas as 'Thenardier', Samantha Barks as 'Eponine', Nick Jonas as 'Marius', Katie Hall as 'Cosette', and Ramin Karimloo as 'Enjolras'.

Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell, with designs by Matt Kinley.

The production was directed for film by Nick Morris, and released on video/DVD.


London West End 'Concert' Production 2019-2021

Opened 10 August 2019 (no previews), Closed 30 November 2019 at the Gielgud Theatre
Returned 5 December 2020, Closed 15 December 2020 at the Sondheim Theatre
Returned 20 May 2021, Closed 5 September 2021 at the Sondheim Theatre

The 'original' 1985 production closed at the Queen's Theatre (now Sondheim Theatre) in July 2019. Prior to a newly staged production of the musical opening at the (newly renmed) Sondheim Theatre in December 2019, a special 'All-Star' concert production was staged at the theatre for a sixteen-week season. Due to COVID-19 restrictions forcing the closure of the main, fully-stage, production of Les Miserables in March 2020 - the 2019 concert version was revived, with a reduced, socially-distanced audience.

The cast cast for the 2019 season featured Alfie Boe as 'Jean Valjean' (not Monday evenings, Wednesday matinees or Thursday evenings), John Owen-Jones as 'Jean Valjean' (on Monday evenings, Wednesday matinees and Thursday evenings), Michael Ball as 'Javert', Earl Carpenter as 'The Bishop of Digne', Carrie Hope Fletcher as 'Fantine', Matt Lucas as 'Thenardier', Katy Secombe as 'Madame Thenardier', Shan Ako as 'Eponine', Adam Bayjou as 'Montparnasse', Rob Houchen as 'Marius', Lily Kerhoas as 'Cosette', and Bradley Jaden as 'Enjolras'.

The cast for the 2020 season featured Alfie Boe as 'Jean Valjean', John Owen-Jones as 'Jean Valjean' (Tuesday 8 and 15 December evening, and Saturday 12 December matinee), Michael Ball as 'Javert', Earl Carpenter as 'The Bishop of Digne', Carrie Hope Fletcher as 'Fantine', Matt Lucas as 'Thenardier', Katy Secombe as 'Madame Thenardier', Shan Ako as 'Eponine', Adam Bayjou as 'Montparnasse', Rob Houchen as 'Marius', Amara Okereke as 'Cosette, and Bradley Jaden as 'Enjolras'.

The cast for 2021 season featured Jon Robyns as 'Jean Valjean', Dean Chisnall as 'Alternate Jean Valjean', Bradley Jaden as 'Javert', Earl Carpenter as 'The Bishop of Digne', Lucie Jones as 'Fantine' (from Thursday 20 May to Sunday 29 August 2021, and Sunday 5 September 2021), Rachelle Ann Go as 'Fantine' (from Tuesday 31 August to Saturday 4 September 2021), Gerard Carey as 'Thenardier', Josefina Gabrielle as 'Madame Thenardier', Shan Ako as 'Eponine', Leo Miles as 'Montparnasse', Harry Apps as 'Marius', Charlie Burn as 'Cosette', and Jamie Muscato as 'Enjolras'.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the main fully-staged production of Les Miserables was forced to close on 14 March 2020. When restrictions where eased later in 2020, this staged concert production, with a socially-distanced smaller audience of around 600 was scheduled to run from 5 December 2020 to 28 February 2021 for seven-performances-a-week (Tuesday to Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinees). Unfortunately COVID-19 restrictions where brought back, and this production therefore closed on Tuesday 15 December 2020 after ten performances. It then returned for a sixteen-week season from May 2021.

Directed by James Powell and Jean-Pierre Van Der Spuy, with sets by Matt Kinley, projections by Finn Ross, costumes by Andreane Neofitou and Christine Rowland, lighting by Paule Constable and Warren Letton, and sound by Mick Potter.