One dubbed by critics 'The Glums', Les Miserables celebrates its 25th anniversary

Les Miserables has been a global phenomenon - produced in 42 countries.

Based on Victor Hugo's door-stopper of a novel, it follows one man's story of survival in the face of persecution amidst social and political upheavals in 19th Century Paris.

The original London show, a collaboration between the Royal Shakepeare Company and Cameron Mackintosh, opened at the Barbican on 8 October 1985.

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