"I span the genres. I cycle, I cook, I grow things, I read. And then I sit in front of the telly like most of us and pretend I’m a Welsh rugby player, or a mafia boss or Ned Stark for an hour or two." Hadley Fraser is a very popular and incredibly talented young actor. He trained at the Royal Academy of Music and was made an Associate in 2011. Hadley made his West End debut as Marius in Les Miserables, played Grantaire in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena in 2010 … [Read more...]
Sondheim Theatre London
Les Miserables is at the Queen’s Theatre
Winner of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Audience Olivier Award. Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is a global stage sensation. Seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries and in 22 languages around the globe, it is still breaking box-office records everywhere.
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.
Ex-convict Jean Valjean is hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. Featuring the songs 'I Dreamed A Dream', 'Bring Him Home', 'One Day More' and 'On My Own' – Les Misérables is the show of shows!
Evenings: Monday to Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees: Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm
Running Time: 3 hours
Age Restrictions: Recommended for children aged 7 or over; children under 5 will not be admitted.
Parental guidance advised.
Show Opened: 28th March 2004
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51 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6BA
Queen's Theatre (Sondheim Theatre) Seating Plan
Venue and Travel Information
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Tube Lines: Bakerloo, Piccadilly
Directions from nearest tube: Go along Shaftesbury Avenue and the theatre will be on the left about 100 metres along, just after the Gielgud Theatre.
Railway Station: Charing Cross
Bus Numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night Bus Numbers: (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Car Park: Chinatown
Within Congestion Zone: Yes
Venue Facilities: Air-conditioned, Bar, Disabled toilets, Infrared hearing loop, Toilets and Wheelchair accessible
The Queen's Theatre London was designed as a twin to the Globe Theatre (now called the Gielgud Theatre). During the 2nd World war on 24th September 1940 a bomb dropped on the theatre destroying the entire front of house area along with part of the rear stalls. Following this bomb damage the theatre was used for rehearsals for a period of time.
The Queen’s Theatre reopened on 8th July 1959 after the front facade and front foyers had been rebuilt together with a new exterior designed by Brian Westwood and Sir Hugh Casson. During early 1992 the theatre was refurbished.
Productions at the theatre have included the 1961 musical Stop the World I Want To Get Off! with Anthony Newley which had a run of 485 performances. In 1966 Noel Coward made his final stage appearance in Suite in Three Keys. Maggie Smith and Robert Stephens appeared at the theatre together in 1972. During 1975 Otherwise Engaged had a run of 1029 performances. In 1982 Kenneth Branagh made his West End debut in Another Country and in 1987 Jeffrey Archer’s first play Beyond Reasonable Doubt started a run of 17 months. More recent productions at The Queens Theatre include the Australian song-and-dance show Hot Shoe Shuffle, the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion with Michael Ball and Maria Friedman and Masterclass with Patti LuPone.
In 2019, Cameron Mackintosh announced that the long-running original production of Les Misérables would close on 13 July 2019 while the theatre goes under a major restoration and will return in a new production from 18 December 2019, when The Queen's Theatre would be renamed as The Sondheim Theatre in honor of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim
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