Les Miserables

Official website: http://www.lesmis.com/

Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert
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Related Equipment:

Light Palette (1978 - 1988)


The Guardian - How We Made Les Miserables (February 2013)
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Les Mis Lighting Plot  (January 2020)
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Les Mis - Lights in their Multitudes (July 2020)
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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.

1985 Version

Directed by Trevor Nunn
Set design by John Napier
Costumes by Andreane Neofitou
Lighting by David Hersey (programmed & controlled initially using a Strand Light Palette)

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 2019

December 2019 – A new version of the show opens back at the newly refurbished Queens Theatre, now known as the Sondheim Theatre

Revolving Stage & Barricades (1985 – 2019)

The revolve was initially manually controlled, with a Stop/Go and Speed/Direction control. As more shows began to use automated scenery, the computerised control of revolves became more commonplace, and it’s believed the revolve was computerised by the end of the run. 
The barricades are also motorised.  
Engineering by PE Kemp Engineers Ltd. 

2019 Version

Directed by James Powell
Choreographed by Geoff Garratt
Design by Matt Kinney
Lighting by Paule Constable
Associate Lighting: Simon Sherriff
Production LX: Chris Mence


Link to Les Miserables in the Internet Broadway Database

Broadway Theatre (12 March 1987 – 14 October 1990)
Imperial Theatre (17 October 1990 – 18 May 2003)

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.

Movie Trailer:

Behind the Scenes at the Queens Theatre, December 2010