Full of fantastic memorabilia from the history of the show - from film props to set designs; and includes a foreword by Cameron Mackintosh.
Ever since its first performances in 1985, Les Miserables has been a smash success, and is now the longest running musical in the world with an award-winning Hollywood movie to its name. Les Miserables takes a look back through the storied life of this monumental show.
Looking at the entirety of the Les Miserables theatre legacy, Benedict Nightingale examines the secret of why this musical has so strongly captured the hearts of the world, tracking back from Victor Hugo's original fiction all the way to the set of the Les Miserables Hollywood set. Also included are several pieces of special memorabilia from the production such as annotated scripts, original costume sketches, and scene design notes for the 2012 film. This book is the ideal companion tome for any lover of Les Miserables and its 33-year history.
Benedict Nightingale is the former theatre critic of The Times newspaper and the author of numerous books on the theatre, including Great Moments in the Theatre.
Martyn Palmer writes extensively on film and music for a number of British and international newspapers and magazines, including The Times and Empire magazine.
Matt Wolf is London Theatre Critic for the International New York Times and attended the opening night of Les Miserables at the Barbican Theatre in October 1985.
Table Of Contents:
Prelims • Foreword by Cameron Mackintosh • The Origins • Hugo and His France • Enter Cameron Mackintosh • Preparing Les Miserables for London • The London Opening • Jean Valjean • Inspector Javert • The Thenardiers, Fantine and the Others • To America • Les Miserables Goes Global • The School Edition • Beyond the Stage • The 25h Anniversary • The Journey to the Screen • The Director's vision • The Dream Team • A Family Affair • Singing for Their Supper • On Set • The Power of Les Miserables • Credits.