In January 2010, Claude-Michel Schonberg's timeless musical Les Miserables celebrate 10,000 performances in London, making it the longest running musical in the West End. A couple of years on and it is still going strong. So just what is it about this magical musical that finds an affinity with audiences everywhere?
For one, the story of struggle for redemption and revolution, set in 19th century France as per Victor Hugo's classical novel, draws parallels with many people's life experiences: the musical gives hope and inspiration to many. Then there's the outsanding array of songs from the score that have gone on to be classics in their own right, including I Dreamed a Dream, Stars, On My Own, Bring Him Home, Empty Chairs and Empty Tables, and Do You Hear The People Sing. Of course, the stage musical has also seen its fair share of stars fill the lead roles. The stars have come and gone, but the drummer from the original cast album, Peter Boita, is still with the show - the only remaining musician to last the full quarter-century and more!
Enjoy our special playlist of classics from Les Miserables and, if you can, find a moment to see this spectacular production live - it's a sensational treat.