Facts & Figures
Les Misérables has been translated into 22 different languages:
Argentinian, Castillian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Mauritian Creole, Mexican Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese and Swedish.
Productions have played in 42 countries and over 319 cities:
Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, the Channel Islands, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Eire, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States of America and Wales.
The production has played over 48,000 professional performances giving a total audience figure of more than 60 million people worldwide.
125,000 people attended the 1989 Australia Day concert in Sydney, which has been the biggest single live audience for Les Misérables to date.
400 million viewers in 197 countries created the biggest broadcast audience for Les Misérables when the 1996 European Football Championship starring 250 cast members was televised.
The London production of Les Misérables was the world’s longest running musical, playing 7,602 performances at the Palace Theatre before transferring to the Queen’s Theatre where it opened on 3th April 2004.
It celebrated the 10,000th performance on 2 January 2010.
There are approximately 101 cast and crew directly involved in every performance, not including front of house staff, ticket sales, wardrobe staff, set contractors, maintenance, office staff, advertising and publicity.
Each performance entails some 392 costumes consisting of over 5000 items of clothing and 85 wigs.
The Barricades move 19.5 metres per show at the Queen’s theatre
Les Misérables has won over 100 major theatre awards including an Olivier, Tony & Grammy.
There have been over 47 cast recordings of Les Misérables including albums, singles and the symphonic. Both the original Broadway cast album and the symphonic recordings won Grammy awards.
The Les Misérables Schools’ Edition was launched in the USA on 10th May 2001 at Holy Trinity High School, Hicksville, New York and in the UK on 14th October 2002 at Stanwell School, Cardiff. Since then there have been over 3,000 schools’ productions performed by over 150,000 school children in the UK, US and Australia making it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.
Les Misérables celebrated the 10th Anniversary of its world premiere on 8th October 1995 with a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The concert starred the original ‘Jean Valjean’, Colm Wilkinson, who led a company of 250 artists and 100 musicians. The specifically arranged finale featured 17 different Jean Valjeans from around the world singing in many of the languages in which the show has been performed.
The 10th Anniversary Concert was filmed for television and has since been seen by over 4 million viewers in the UK. The video has gone on to sell over 1.7 million copies worldwide. A special double disc collector’s edition DVD was released in the UK in November 2005.
On 18th November 2004 a special concert performance was given at Windsor Castle in honour of the President of the French Republic and Jacques Chirac to celebrate the centenary of the Entente Cordiale.
To celebrate its 21st Birthday a special 90-minute version of the show was recorded with the BBC Concert Orchestra and broadcast on BBC Radio 2.
Les Misérables the film won 3 Oscars at the 85th Annual Academy Awards in 2013. This followed earlier success at the BAFTAs when the movie picked up four awards, and the Golden Globes, which saw three wins for the movie.