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Les Miserables in London: Tickets

Telling a tale of redemption, love and loss, Les Misérables has been a firm favorite in London's West End for over 30 years.

The story is based on a classic novel of the same name and follows the lives of a group of characters during the French Revolution. The music is beautiful and stirring, and the performances are always top-notch. If you're looking for an unforgettable night out, purchase Les Misérables musical tickets and be blown away by the show.

You will find below all you need to know about Les Miserables, one of the best options for musical shows in London.

What is the Les Misérables musical about?

Les Misérables translates to "the miserable ones" and the musical is based upon the 19th-century book of the same name. The novel — written by Victor Hugo — is widely regarded to be one of the most profound of the 1800s. The book was originally performed as a musical in France but entered the London show scene in 1985.

The story of Les Misérables begins in 1815 and follows the plight of Jean Valjean. A peasant condemned to 19 years of hard labor for stealing a loaf of bread, Jean is down on his luck. After serving his sentence, he is met with much disapproval and hostility from the surrounding townsfolk.

Meeting a kind bishop who inspires him to pursue a better life, Jean breaks his parole and sets off on an adventure across France. A policeman set on upholding the law and delivering justice — Javert — does not believe in Jean, and pursues him across the country.

Jean leaves his old life behind him and finds success under the new moniker of Monsieur Madeleine. When one of his workers — Fantine — is thrown out upon the discovery of her illegitimate child, she is forced into prostitution. As she lay dying after a brawl with a customer, Jean ends up promising Fantine he will find and care for her daughter Cosette.

As Paris is divided by revolutionaries, fights break out and many people are killed. Jean is granted the opportunity to get rid of his enemy, Javert, once and for all, but shows mercy at the pivotal moment.

How much do Les Misérables musical tickets in London cost?

The cost of Les Misérables musical tickets varies significantly, depending on where you choose to sit.

The most budget-friendly seats are on either side of the grand circle. Here, you'll find tickets that range from £20 to £40 per person.

Moving towards the center of the grand circle where you'll enjoy an improved view, you'll pay between £50 and £80 per ticket.

For seats in the dress circle, you'll pay between £80 and £150 per person. Those on the lower end of this range are situated at the back of the section. Those on the top end of this range are some of the best seats in the theater.

Most Les Misérables musical tickets for the stalls cost between £120 and £180 per person. However, it is possible to find cheaper tickets at the back of the section with a limited view for approximately £60 per person.

When is the best time to see the Les Misérables musical?

The best time to purchase Les Misérables musical tickets depends on your itinerary for London. If you're participating in a full day of sightseeing in London, you may choose to see a matinée performance. However, if your plans revolve around the musical, make your experience more special by seeing the show at night.

You can catch a tube or night bus back to your accommodation after the show. Alternatively, you can hail a taxi from outside the theater.

How is the seating map for the Les Misérables musical in London composed?

The Les Misérables musical seating plan is divided into three sections, totaling almost 1,100 seats. You can choose to sit in the stalls, the dress circle or the grand circle, depending on your preferences and budget.

The best seats in the house are those in the center of the stalls, between rows F and J. From here, you'll have a clear view of the stage and be able to fully immerse yourself in the experience.

Moving further back, the seats in the dress circle also offer an optimal view of the stage. The tickets for the dress circle are often cheaper than those for the stalls, however, many people prefer the elevated view of the stage. As the theater is curved, you'll find that the view from the central block of seats is better than those towards the end of the rows.

If you have a limited budget, you can still watch Les Misérables on the stage, from the grand circle. While views of the stage can be obstructed depending on your seat, you'll be able to follow the storyline easily and see most of the show.

What theater in London is the Les Misérables musical playing at and how do I get there?

Les Misérables is shown at the Sondheim Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

In order to reach the venue, you can take the Piccadilly or Bakerloo Line tube to Piccadilly Circus. From there, it's a 4-minute walk across Soho to the theater.

Alternatively, you can catch the bus lines 14, 19 or 38 — all of which stop at Shaftesbury Avenue.

If you wish to drive to the Sondheim Theatre, you can park at either the Soho or Chinatown car parks — less than 10 minutes from the venue.

What are the Les Misérables performance schedules in London?

Les Misérables is performed 6 days a week, taking a break on Tuesdays. There is a 7:30 PM performance on all other days except Sundays, when the show begins at 2:30 PM. There are also additional matinée productions on Thursdays and Saturdays, starting at 2:30 PM.

How long is Les Misérables?

The Les Misérables show timing is 2 hours and 50 minutes. This includes a 15-minute intermission when you can purchase refreshments and use the restrooms.

In what language is Les Misérables performed?

Despite its origins as a French novel, Les Misérables is performed in English at the Sondheim Theatre.

While restrictions prohibit infants under 3 from watching the show, it is recommended to purchase Les Misérables musical tickets for those over 7 only. This is because there are adult themes throughout the performance that may be inappropriate for younger children.

What is the dress code to see Les Misérables in London?

There is no dress code for watching Les Misérables at the Sondheim Theatre. Some guests choose to combine the show with a day of sightseeing in the city and wear casual clothes, and shoes. Others choose to dress up in suits or formal dresses.

What is the cancelation policy for Les Misérables?

Once you purchase Les Misérables musical tickets, your booking is final. You will be charged the total amount if you choose to amend or cancel your tickets.

What other musicals are playing in London?

Travel tips

  • Les Misérables musical tickets are in demand. In order to secure the best seats, purchase your tickets as far in advance as possible.
  • You cannot take your own food and drink into the Sondheim Theatre. However, you can buy refreshments on-site.
  • Whichever section of the theater you're booking tickets for, choose the most central seats possible to guarantee an unobstructed view of the stage.