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Les Miserables 10,000th performance in West End


Les Miserables, now in its 25th year, played its 10,000th performance in the West End on Tuesday 5 Jan 2010.

Originally opening at the Barbican Theatre on 8 Oct 1985, the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen’s Theatre on 3 April 2004.

When Les Miserables celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the world’s longest running musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in the West End.

Les Miserables, which concerns Love and bravery in 19th century France during the revolutionary struggles, is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. It is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

Les Miserables has been seen by over 55 million people worldwide in 40 countries and in 21 languages. There have been 34 cast recordings of "Les Miserables", including the multi-platinum London cast recording and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.

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