Came here Dec '12 to watch Les Miserables and it was unforgettable and the cast was excellent!
Host of the longest running musical in history: Les Miserables.
It's not a huge theatre, so even if you get a ticket at the back it wouldn't affect your viewing too much. At first I thought my seat was too close to the theatre, but turns out it was great, you can see the actors closely and they are so good that you don't realized they are acting even being that close.
The musical is brilliant. The music, crew, stage and lightings are all impeccable. I absolutely loved every thing in the musical.
It's not cheap but it's worth every pence ( ;) ). I am so glad I went to see it.
If you plan to go, book your tickets well ahead, it gets sold out quickly and it's almost a full house every night.
I feel it is a tad unfair to review a theatre based entirely on the show, however, I will always remember the Queen's Theatre for popping my Les Mis cherry. And boy was it good.
I was in the upper tier seats and it didn't even matter. The singing was mind blowing. I have been signing Jean Valjean's part of the confrontation all morning (which I am sure is starting to annoy my coworkers).
And don't even get me started on One Day More...
I got home and immediately starting watching the 10th anniversary on YouTube. (shh I am not obsessed, I don't want to hear it!)
Finally, I'd also like to give a shout out to Queen's theatre itself, which was an awesome venue. I will be going there again.
The Queen's Theatre's showing of Les Mis is as quality as they come.
Les Mis is a great story and the actors here have done a fabulous job of turning the book into a theatrical masterpiece. What I like about this story is that it teaches a great moral lesson instead of just being some drab show. It's funny, it's emotional, and it keeps you entertained. The theatre is located just near Picadilly, a few blocks up from the tube stop. Seating is comfortable, attendants were friendly and helpful and the show was fantastic!
Les Miserables music has been blasted into my mind by my fellow mates almost every weekend. After some pints, the Confrontation and numerous other songs are embedded in my brain for the rest of the evening, so you can guess that while watching the play, the music was already stuck in my mind and it didn't bother me one bit.
The theater was lovely in the sense there really wasn't a bad seat in the house. We ended up sitting on the second level a few rows back and I was still able to see the entire play along with hear the immaculate tunes and feel the intensity of every situation
The Venue is perfect for the performance due to the fact that its right in the middle of Central London. There is no way you can walk by this place and not get a tune in your head.
This is a great theatre for a great performance and an unforgettable experience.
There would be a Confrontation if I couldn't see the show One Day More. The Lovely Ladies that accompanied me loved it as I knew they would, but At the End of the Day I would even go On My Own. I felt like I was in the Stars listening to Norm Lewis as Javert, though Valjean was Master of the House. If I met him, I would Bring Him Home so he could Drink With Me and we could sing together. Even on a Wednesday evening, there were no Empty Chairs at Empty Tables in the entire theatre.
That's all I got. Third time seeing Les Miz, third time wanting to see it again.
This review is for The Queen's Theater's showing of Les Miserables.
I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and have grown up loving musicals. I grew up in the age of Andrew Lloyd Webber and have always been silly with glee every time I heard ..."oh well, I never, was there ever, a cat so clever as...." (name that tune!?)
So, bottom-line, I love musicals! I've been to Curran Theatre in SF, I've been to Broadway in NYC and now finally I've seen a show in London. And oh was it a show!
I was a bit nervous dragging my new bf to ANOTHER musical! Oh, but what could I take him to that he'd really appreciate?! Les Mis I thought! It has the drama, the excitement, the canons blasting in the air and music...who can discount the music in this show? Oh what a great idea. The show was a hit! And most importantly my bf loved it. I was so pleased with myself at this point.
In any case, we caught an evening show on a week day. I tried to avoid tourists, but I could not. I sat in the most horrendous row, with the rudest and loudest couple ever! How could you eat a bag of peanuts during the show people? And unwrap it right before Éponine does her solo of "On My Own"? HOW RUDE!?! Ugh!
I still enjoyed the show nonetheless! The show still made an impression on me. I ultimately decided that there was nothing better than going to the theater in London. In this particular instance:
-The stage is small , but the sets were beautifully designed.
-The costumes, the lighting, the acting, all of it, brought the story to life.
-Oh how I loved Éponine, who doesn't? (I was in London during the '07-'08 cast and Joanna Ampil played Éponine that year.)
Les Mis is my favorite musical. My first experience with it was YEARS ago in London. I was ecstatic to not only see it again, but share it with my wife for her first viewing.
Theatre environment is exceptional and does Les Mis justice.
Long lines for toilets as they have only a few stalls.
Concession lines were quick and during the intermission they sold waters and ice cream cups up near the stage, on both sides, so you didn't have to retreat to the concession area for a treat.
Overall - top notch... truly as good as it gets.
Next to Billy Elliot and Lion King, Les Miserable belongs to the top three West End musicals I believe so.
This musical has a real story and history behind it. Undermined with their impressive stage background and costumes this piece reminds me more of a theatre experience then a musical. For my taste it has good depth and something you remember. Especially their moving melodies grab you.
Set amidst the social and political struggles of nineteenth century France, Les Miserables sweeps its audience through a tale of passion and destruction against a backdrop of a nation in the grip of revolution.
Having said that, you have to be passionate enough to follow the story over 3hours!
LES MIS... need i say more!!
BEST Musical in the westend... i know every single word of it... is that strange?!
Love it... saw it at the turn of 2011... with my friend from canada! We were very much up the back... the view was ok but someone had a huge hair doo... and then a shit loads of kids who were talking about random crap were behind us, but the soon shut up from the star! The venuse as usual was packed, im sure they dont have one night that it isnt!
Teh staging and theatre looks fantastic
Teh cast were totally incredible..The confrontation, tenardies(multiple songs) were all belted out by me later that night on the walk to the next bar!
I forgot who exactly played that night but the leads were incredible, Valjean - very good, captivating, I think Norm Lewis was Javert..., just googled it... yep he was! Legend... he is a total Legend, he really become Javert.
It is my favourite musical by far and will be going again, the music is just hair raising!
The Queen's Theatre in the West End is a grand old theatre and seeing Les Miserables there only heightened the experience. I had heard wonderful things about Les Miserables and was looking forward to seeing the play. Our seats were in the first row of the Dress Circle so we had an excellent view of the stage. The theatre is very intimate and I felt I would have enjoyed the show from any sit.
The music and performers were very good, but the actor who played Javert was my favourite. I liked watching his struggle as he tried to come to terms with his understanding of good v bad and how his experiences with Jean Valjean continuously challenged those views. The music is very powerful and I never found myself wanting the play to move along or getting restless. I was surprised when it was time for intermission and cheered loudly and lustfully when the play came to an end.
The Queen's Theatre is wonder environment for a play and Les Miserable is an outstanding production for the space.
I got to watch my most favorite musical production, Les Mis here! The theatre is gorgeous and kept really clean and well! It's a very close venue, meaning it's not a ridiculously huge theater with bad seats such as the Pantages in Los Angeles or the Civic Theatre in San Diego.
I was lucky enough to be able to obtain tickets for row E and I felt like I was sitting right in the front row!
The cast was excellent! Sounds really close to the original London cast which says A LOT!!! I watch Les Mis almost every time it comes into town in So Cal, but I can say, after watching the cast at the Queen's Theatre, my experience will never be the same again!
This theatre even had "standing seats" for like 10 pounds for those who didn't mind standing the whole show. This was awesome as one person in our party decided last minute that they wanted to watch the production, but all the seats were sold out, so he was still able to catch the production with us!
I can't wait to return to London to watch it again!
The Queen's Theatre is a relatively new theatre to the West End, having been built in 1907.
Edwardian on the inside, the outside has a modern facade, as it suffered bombing during World War Two and required reconstruction.
The seats afford little legroom and the bars are not particularly glamorous.
Since 2004 the Queen's has been the home of The World's Longest Running Musical, Les Miserables. I don't really know what has made this musical so successful. The music is brilliant, I suppose. And this production provides a great spectacle.
When I saw it, the chap playing Val Jean was American, and his accent came through nearly every word he sang and I found it quite annoying. Aside from that it's a great big budget West End stalwart and if you've never seen a West End musical, Les Mis is a good place to start.
For me, it's a bit old hat, but I can't help be very picky. And I must admit I squirted some tears when Eponie kicked the bucket.
As with all the big shows, tickets are cheaper mid-week, and you should search about the net for deals, otherwise you'll end up paying £56 like I did.
The home of Les Miserables. Great theatre and WHAT A PRODUCTION!!! Why had I left it so long? The theatre is historic and in a way, lends itself perfectly to Les Miserable due to the theatre being if not wide, but deep and therefore - provides extra depth to the scenes, particularly when in the Parisian sewers - you can feel the cast are actually down in the pits beneath the cobbles and blood stained streets.
Make sure to grab yourself a ticket if you've not been before, or go again -I certainly will be.
The Queens theatre - another wonderfully historic piece of London history, showing off the wonderful masterpiece which is Les Miserables.
God of Carnage.
This production showcases four actors at the top of their game in a new Yasmin Reza play which takes the magnifying glass to middle class marriages.
With wonderful performances from the hilarious cast, and Ralph Fiennes standing out as the louche lawyer who can't stop answering his phone, this is a show you shouldn't miss. And at an hour and a half straight through, you can get dinner in after as well.
It is impossible to miss this theatre with the huge Les Mis billboards, however on first glance, as I approached the theatre, I was surprised to see a glass facade on what I thought would be a very traditional and old fashioned theatre. When inside and you get beyond the glass facade you do indeed step into the traditional and enter the theatre through a series of well sign posted rabbit warren runs which direct you to wherever you are seated. I was seated in the front row of the upper tear and had an absolutely fantastic view of the stage and performance. I don't think the same could have been said for those further back or in those seats in the lower tears and stalls with restricted views (well worth the extra deliberation on the tickets web site!).
The seating is not spacious and the leg room was just about enough for me (at 5'8"). The seats were comfortable enough, however numb bum syndrome was setting in at the end of the performance (approx 3 hours). The toilets were very clean and the bars were ok. The theatre does start to get quite warm as the performance goes on so taking in something to drink is well advised. Staff are extremely helpful and polite.
The overall setting was great, helped by an absolutely amazing performance to boot!!
Loved the show and the place. Stalls seats were great but I think any seat there would be. There are a few same day 10£ standing places for the cheap and those of far greater leg stamina than I (given the 3hr run time of Les Miserables).
The presentation of Les Mis, which I guess is about all this Theatre has shown for the past 6 or so years was great. The run time was long but you did not feel it given the fast pace and movement of the show.
Even in the "gods", this theatre is still awesome. Les Mis is a classic in London, it can't go wrong in my mind.
I've now seen Les Miserables at the Queens Theatre three times in the past twelve months. I'm such a nerd.
What an environment to see one of the most grandiose, yet human plays ever.
My wife and I visited the Queens Theatre to see Les Miserables on our recent trip to London. I will try to keep my review based on the theater itself. Excellent location, extremely pleasant and helpful staff, really no bad seats, and well stocked bar. For me, that makes this a A+ theater worthy of my recommendation.
Melanie and I were in London for the weekend so I decided to get some tickets to one of the shows. We got some good middle row seats in the dress level, I think that's what they called it but they were pricey! I would have given them five starts if the price was smaller. The stage is very small but they have great set designs and all the many scenes were visible and choreographed well. They accepted American Express which was nice and I had no problems picking them up at will-call. Les Miserables was wonderful. Melanie and I enjoyed every bit of it.
My wife and I saw les mis here last night. Off to a slow start, it gatheted steam as it went along. Of course, this is a wonderful story; the actors only so so in the end I'm afraid. The venue; marvelous and intimate, we were in the staffs and it was great, can't imagine there being a bad seat in the house.
This is a very neat old venue hosting Les Miserables. Both the theatre and the show are top notch, and would be a shame to not visit for one or both. The limited site tickets are certainly fine here as you save a ton of dough and can still see everything in the show by leaning slightly forward for certain moments. Thank you, London performing arts, for this delightful experience!
Went to see Les Miserables here and it was fantastic. Would go back again if I could.
Les Miserables has been playing at The Queens Theatre since April 2004 with no sign of retirement. The production has been in London at other locations and is now in its 23rd year. It really is a memorable show that I think everyone can enjoy. The stage effects are really spectacular and reasonably priced tickets can be found for the show. The theatre originally opened in 1907 but suffered considerable damage during the second world war. George Bernard Shaw,Kenneth Branagh, Marlene Dietrich, and Maggie Smith have played the boards of this theatre. it is a Grade II listed building, so pending no further damage this building will be with us for quite some time.
We took in a show at the Queens Theater and saw Les Miserables which was phenomenal. The theater is very intimate and small and I doubt that there is a bad seat in the house. The theater architecture was magnificent. The sound and lighting was perfect during the show. We could not have asked for a nicer theater to see Les Miserables.
Les Mis is hands down the best play I've ever seen. The theatre was gorgeous, easy to get to and had great facilities. The current cast is incredible. The singing is so beautiful and professional. The costumes were amazing and the rotating set was an amazing addition. Highly highly highly recommended.
I was so dissapoined when I saw The Phanton of The Opera, here. After originally seeing it performed in the United States, and knowing that Sir Andrew Llyod Webber produced it, I was sure that Englad would have given me it's best show. The singing/acting was nothing to brag about, especially for this piece. This piece thrives on the music! The casting could have been better. The set up for the performance was far too small to really enjoy any of the special effects. It was awful for claiming to be true theater. I have to say that this was a slap to the face for Andrew Lloyd Webbers finest. There must be better theater elsewhere in the UK.
So glad I caught the London production of Les Mis, it was fabulous, probably one of the best things playing in London right now.
Les Mis is a great musical; if you are anything like me then you will cry your eyes out. Though it is a shame that it is not as a spectacle as it once was. The reason being it is now in a smaller theatre and due to this they band isn't as large as it once was and some of the music is played on clip track. Also the theatre its self is really ugly on the outside which I think is somewhat of putting but once inside you see the true beauty the theatre. Also you can get quite cheep tickets mid week on lastmintue.com.
Went to see Les Mis, which as it happens is not really for me, however the theatre inside is beautiful, the staff fabulously helpful with our wheelchair restricted friend.
Les Mis fantastic production with brilliant voices and appearances but does feel very operatic, personally preferred Fiddler.
I first saw Les Mis at the theatre when I was about 14. I remember enjoying it and loving all the songs, which I already knew, but not quite understanding it I saw it again last week (aged 23!) and thought it was the most amazing production ever! Valjean, Javert, Eponine were all fantastic, as the ovations at the end showed. The music was amazing, the cast were uber-talented, direction was spot on and scenes were fantastic. The scene at the barricade was my favourite part of the show and was directed perfectly. In fact the main student guy was brilliant, he really stood out :) Perfect!
I first visited the Queens Theatre to see Les Mis and I was not disappointed with my first show. The theatre is conviently located as you can grab a bite to eat in many places around the area. The staff are lovely and welcoming and the theatre itself is well maintained. The seats are actually quite comfortable considering how long you are sat there for. The bar gets busy but this is to be expected. Drinks are reasonably priced for a theatre in London. Great atmosphere and thoroughly recommend Les Mis for absolutely anyone!
The queens theatre is on shaftsbury avenue and is easy to find, with its prominent bill board style poster adorning the front of it. The show is a tear jerker to say the least, but it is amazing, so well acted and performed, so beautiful from start to finish, that you are transported to another time and place. It is a very long show though so bear in mind that you will get thirsty and hot, so take a drink, also the ques for the toilets was ridiculous and we almost missed the start of the 2nd half because of this, so plan ahead! It is wonderful and a must see, thats probably why it has been running for so long and long may it continue.
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