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Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre presents... Les Miserables School Edition

Posted: 17 May 2012
Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre presents... Les Miserables School Edition

Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury

Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre presents...
Les Misérables School Edition

Performed entirely by students

A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
Additional Material by James Fenton
Orchestrations by John Cameron

Original London production directed and adapted by Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Original London production by Cameron Mackintosh and The Royal Shakespeare Company
School Edition specially adapted and licensed by Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh (Overseas) Limited

The classic musical based on the Victor Hugo novel will be presented by the Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre in three performances at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre.

Following the phemonenal success of Billy Youth Theatre (the youth version of Billy Elliot the Musical) the Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre proudly presents their production of the classic musical Les Misérables. Over 40 young people from the region gather to perform the show at the newly opened Epstein Theatre (formerly the Neptune), Liverpool in what promises to be a very special theatrical event. 

Boubil & Schönberg's legendary musical has been specially adapted to meet the needs of young performers. This author-approved edition has been abridged, while carefully maintaining the integrity of one the greatest musicals ever written.

This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19-year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father - violating his parole in the process. The relentless Inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, does the ex-convict finally feel fully redeemed.

The London production of Les Misérables is the world's longest running musical. Productions have played in 43 countries and over 300 cities, with over 47,000 professional performances giving a total audience figure of more than 60 million people worldwide. Les Misérables has won over 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, Tony & Grammy. There have been over 40 cast recordings of Les Misérables including albums, singles and the symphonic. Both the original Broadway cast album and the symphonic recordings won Grammy awards. The Les Misérables Schools' Edition was launched in 2001 and since then there have been over 3,000 schools' productions performed by over 150,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.

Please note that the performances take place at the Epstein Theatre on Hanover Street in Liverpool city centre, not at the Empire Theatre.

Friday 25 May 7pm
Saturday 26 May 2pm & 7pm

Tickets: Book before 18 May - £13, After 18 May - £15

On sale in person at the Liverpool Empire Theatre Box Office, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE

Phone bookings: 0844 871 3017 (fees apply)

Groups of 10 or more: 0844 871 3037 (Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm, no fees)

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