Cameron Mackintosh's incredible staged concert production of Boublil and Schönberg's LES MISÉRABLES is to return at the Sondheim Theatre for a strictly limited run from May 20th until September 5th in a new, spectacular, and very intimate staging of what is possibly the world's favourite musical.
Featuring a cast and live orchestra of over 65 and featuring the classic songs 'I Dreamed A Dream','One Day More' 'Bring Him Home', and 'On My Own' - this all-star staged concert is an event not to be missed.
Seating PlanSondheim Theatre Seating Plan
Address51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Directions from nearest 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.
(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
Within Congestion Zone
The longevity of this show is as incredible as it is legendary. A rock solid and firm favourite in the West End for over thirty years now and current demand for Les Miserables tickets remains as strong as ever, especially considering that the show had a long break in 2019 due to the refurbishment of the newly named Sondheim Theatre (formally called the 'Queens'). Having said that there is still value to be found if you look at midweek performances Monday to Thursday outside school holidays.
It is possible, but you will have to be vigilant as it doesn't happen very often due to what is still huge public demand for Les Mis tickets pretty much all year round. There are quiet weeks though, and the dead months of November and February (especially straight after the half term holidays) is a great time to hunt for discounts.
It is strongly advisable to check the seating plan before booking any seats that feature a restriction for any show however some of the restricted view tickets for Les Miserables in the rear stalls (from row R onwards) are great value as the only restriction comes from the overhang from the Dress Circle which affects just a few seconds of the production and can save up to 30% on the price of the ticket!
The Sondheim Theatre is nowhere near as large as some of the other venues in the West End and you won't get a nose bleed or require a telescope sitting up there! The seats in the centre of the Upper Circle are generally clear view with slight restrictions featuring on the seats on the sides. This does reflect in the price though and if you do your homework and check out the seating plan before buying there are definitely some Upper Circle tickets to Les Miserables that are worth the money and can be considered very good value.
As this show is very often sold out, all ticket agents and online operators will generally sell at face value plus a booking fee so it can sometimes be beneficial to book direct from the theatre. This is not always the case though as like any business there are peaks and troughs, and during the quieter periods it is often the official online operators and the shops in and around Leicester Square that have the best price for tickets to Les Mis as they have the ability and financial clout to negotiate preferential rates which they can in turn pass onto the consumer.
It is advisable if you are going to book online or through a retail outlet that you make sure that they are affiliated with or members of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and/or the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) as this should always ensure that you get complete transparency during your purchase and no hidden charges or fees.
As Les Miserables is known as a collaboration between the RSC and Cameron Macintosh it is commonly believed that the show first opened in London when in fact the very first production of the musical was actually first performed in French in at the Palais De Sport in Paris in 1980 where it had a run of 105 performances. It was not until a few years later that Mackintosh decided to produce an English version of the musical which led to the partnership with the RSC resulting in the classic show that we know and love today. The first time 'Les Mis' was performed in London was at the Barbican on October 8th 1985 before it quickly transferred on December 4th to the West End taking up residence at the Palace Theatre where it stayed until switching to the Queens theatre in 2004.
The original West End cast members of Les Miserables included Colm Wilkinson as Jean Valjean, Patti LuPone as Fantine, Micheal Ball as Marius, Roger Allam as Javert and Frances Ruffele who took the role of Eponine.
Les Miserables is considered to be suitable for children of 8 years and over.
The West End production of Les Miserables is 2 hours 50 minutes long and includes one interval. Performances play from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and there are matinees on both Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm.
Following on from its success in the West End, Les Miserables opened in New York at the Broadway Theatre on march 12th 1987 and became the second longest running musical in the history of Broadway. The show has also now been exported and performed in over 40 countries around the world and translated into 22 different languages.
No. On October 7th 2006 Les Miserables became the longest running musical (an accolade it shares with Phantom Of The Opera) however the longest running production in the West End is undoubtedly Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap which first opened its doors to the public way back in 1952!
After an extensive refurbishment the Queens Theatre has now reopened as the newly named Sondheim Theatre and will hopefully continue to host Les Miserables for the foreseeable future.
The West End production of Les Miserables features approximately 101 cast and crew and requires no fewer than 392 complete costumes including 31 wigs for every single performance.
To date Les Miserables has been performed over 45000 times in professional productions globally and has been seen live by over 57 million people.
The musical begins at the very end of the Napoleonic Wars following the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 and charts events that occur over the following two decades which include the 'Paris Uprising' in 1832.