Les Miserables was originally a French novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862. The stage show also originated in France. Its music was composed by by Claude-Michel Schönberg and the original French lyrics were by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel. An English-language libretto was then written by Herbert Kretzmer and the musical opened to very bad reviews at the Barbican in 1985. Fortunately audiences largely ignored the negative press and the globalisation of Les Miserables is a prime example of word-of-mouth marketing success.
In 1815, Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) is released on parole after being imprisoned for 19 years for stealing bread. He is sheltered by the Bishop of Digne (Colm Wilkinson) but steals from him during the night. When Valjean is arrested soon after, the Bishop saves him by saying the silver was a gift. As a result of the Bishop's kindness, Valjean breaks his parole and begins a new life as a factory owner, but cruel prison guard Javert (Russell Crowe) vows to track down his former prisoner and return him to gaol. The cast also includes Anne Hathaway as desperate mother, Fantine, Helena Bonham Carter and Saha Baron Cohen as the publicans, the Thenardiers, Eddie Redmayne and Aaron Tveit as idealistic students, and Amanda Seyfried as the Fantine's daughter, Cosette.
Cineworld from 11th Jan.
Curzon from 11th Jan.
Hailsham Pavilion, from 1st Feb.