Tuesday, 4 December 2012

On this Day: 4th of December 1985 - "Les Miserables" opens at Palace Theatre, London

Les Misérables known as Les Mis, is a sung-through musical play based on the novel of the same name by French poet and playwright Victor Hugo.

The first production in English, produced by Cameron Mackintosh and adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird, opened on 8 October 1985 (five years after the original production) at the Barbican Arts Centre, London. It was billed in the RSC Barbican Theatre programme as "The Royal Shakespeare Company presentation of the RSC/Cameron Mackintosh production", and played to preview performances beginning on 28 September 1985.

On 4 December 1985, the show transferred to the Palace Theatre on London’s West En and moved again on 3 April 2004, to the much more intimate Queen's Theatre, with some revisions of staging and where it is still playing. It celebrated its ten-thousandth performance on 5 January 2010. The drummer from the original cast album, Peter Boita, stayed with the show for the first 25 years of its history.

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