Les Miserables has indisputably become the world's most popular musical, having been seen by over 50 million people worldwide, in 38 countries and in 21 languages. From its celebrated opening in London in October 1985, this adaptation immediately captured the imagination and enthusiasm of the theatre-going public. Set in 19th century France, the dramatic score includes the songs On My Own, One Day More and Do You Hear The People Sing?.
There have been 31 cast recordings of Les Miserables, including the multi-platinum London cast album and the Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast and complete symphonic albums. The video of the 10th Anniversary Royal Albert Hall Gala Concert has sold well over one million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling musical videos in the UK.
The Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company production of Les Miserables by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo, has lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, with original text by Alain Boublil and additional material by James Fenton. Les Miserables is adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.