Official website: http://www.lesmis.com/
Music: Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyrics (French): Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
Lyrics (English adaptation): Herbert Kretzmer with additional material by James Fenton
September 1980 – First stage version, directed by French film director Robert Houssein, at the Palais des Sports in Paris. Over 100 performances were seen by over 500,000 people.
The English language version, reworked and expanded, opened on 8 October 1985 at the Barbican Arts Centre in London, a Royal Shakespeare Company and Cameron Mackintosh co-production.
Previews had begun on 28 September 1985.
Directed by Trevor Nunn
Set design by John Napier
Costumes by Andreane Neofitou
Lighting by David Hersey
4 December 1985 – Transfer to Palace Theatre
3 April 2004 – Transfer to Queens Theatre
13 July 2019 – Queens Theatre closes for refurbishment and renovations, and the original production with the revolve ends it’s record-breaking run.
10 August 2019 – A concert version of the show opens at the Gielgud Theatre for a limited run to 30 November
December 2019 – A new version of the show will open back at the newly refurbished Queens Theatre
First preview: 28 February 1987
Opening date: 12 March 1987
Closing date: 18 May 2003
Revival (9 November 2006 – 6 January 2008) at the Broadhurst Theatre
Revival (23 March 2014 – 4 September 2016) at the Imperial Theatre
Christmas 2012 – Release of the movie version
The musical takes another step towards global domination as the film version is released with a glorious score and vocals captured live on each take.
Behind the Scenes at the Queens Theatre, December 2010