Miserable? You won't be when you read this
We are thrilled to announce that revolution is in the air!
Les Misérables, one of the world's truly great mega musicals, is coming to Milton Keynes from Tuesday 14 May to Saturday 8 June 2019 and tickets go on sale soon.
As part of its first UK tour in a decade the show, based on Victor Hugo's 19th century epic novel, has been technically re-imagined in a fresh new version since it first stormed onto the London stage in 1985.
Les Misérables, for the 21st century, has played to packed houses all over the world and is still selling out tickets in London.
But now you don't have struggle through the rush hour commuters to see it. If that's not enough to make the people sing, I don't know what is!
The year is 1832. Jean Valjean, a French peasant who stole a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving child, is living to regret it. Not that he tried to help his niece, but that he ended up spending 19 years in gaol for his trouble.
Then he goes and jumps parole which doesn't go down well with a particularly jobsworth cop Javert who, with his unshakeable belief in the letter of the law, obsessively hounds Valjean until - well, we don't want any spoilers here, thank you very much.
But let's face it, if you want the whole story, read Victor Hugo's novel. No? You prefer your French classics - threaded through with deprivation, abuse, unrequited love, false imprisonment, loyal friendship, self-sacrifice and class struggle - delivered in the form of a musical and theatrical triumph?
Now you're talking. Because, thanks to the creative team that includes composer Claude-Michel Shönberg, lyricist Herbert Kretzmer, writers Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel and James Fenton and with original adaptation by RSC directors Trevor Nunn and John Caird, that's exactly what Les Mis is. It's the bizz!
So, the songs. Actually, it's all songs; a sung-through musical, it's known as. But in between the singing bits that don't have titles of their own are the songs. And what songs they are. I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More, Stars, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, On My Own and, of course, the rousing anthemic Do You Hear The People Sing. Even if you go 'dum-di-dum-di-dum-di-dum' after that first line, I bet you can have a stab at belting out that bit.
Joining the touring company as Jean Valjean is Olivier Award-nominated Killian Donnelly who is currently playing the role in the West End. Killian's relationship with the show goes right back to 2008 when he first manned the barricades and he has also played the roles of Enjolras, Courfeyrac in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables and Combeferre in the 2012 film of the show.
Talking about barricades, I should warn you that there will be a rush for tickets. Not that here at MKT we'll be trying to keep you away from the box office. Quite the opposite. We're going to be rolling out the red, white and blue carpet for you. We want you to see and enjoy the show as much as the other 120 million people (in 45 countries, performed in 22 languages) who have marched into theatres, waving their tickets aloft in their hands. (Do you hear them sing?)
So here are some important dates:
ATG Theatre Card priority on sale Thursday 14 June 2018
Groups on sale Tuesday 19 June 2018
General on sale Thursday 21 June 2018
And here are some equally important dates.
Don't miss it!