The news that Les Miserables is going to tour the UK has theatre goers eagerly anticipating the release of tickets.
The musical is based on the novel by Victor Hugo with the music by Claude Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil. The English language version opened in London on October 8th, 1985. It was opened by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre and did not go down well with the critics. In fact, Michael Ball who starred as Marius in the original London cast thought they would be looking for new jobs after the first night.
Thankfully for Les Mis, the general public didn’t listen to those critics and became one of the longest, continuously running musicals in the West End.
The musical enjoyed an even bigger boost in popularity following the 2012 feature film release starring Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe.
Each performance of the musical is a huge undertaking with over 100 cast and crew in place. The cast use a total of 392 costumes and 31 wigs for each performance. As far back as 2010 saw the show celebrate its 10,000 performance in London alone.
This latest tour will of course be a welcome injection of cash to the RSC who have already made around £20m from royalties from touring productions that have appeared in countries like Mexico, the Philippines, Bermuda, New Zealand, Iceland and more.
At the time of its 25th anniversary in 2010 the show had played to a global figure of more than 57 million people.
As well as being the springboard for a number of theatre stars and actors, it was the 2009 performance by Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent that really captured the countries imagination.
The tour which will be visiting the UK and Ireland will stop off at Leicester, Dublin, Edinburgh and Manchester so fans will have an opportunity to try and get tickets a little closer to home.
Tickets for the Les Miserables UK and Ireland tour are available from March 12th 2018 with the tour starting in November 2018 and concluding at the end of March 2019. Of course you will still be able to visit London to see the tour there if you should be unlucky enough to secure tickets for the tour.
There are a number of ticket sites that you might be able to get tickets from or visit the official site.