Les Misérables

If you're missing your West End fix then you'll be happy to know that you can now download Les Misérables. Peter Gray reports.

One of the UK’s best loved musicals, Les Misérables, is now available to watch online. 

The show, which features Alfie Boe, Michael Ball and Matt Lucas, was recorded at the Gielgud Theatre in London last year. 

The production will cost £9.99 to download, with the purchase price earning buyers not only a digital copy of the show, but also a unique one off documentary about the making of the theatre classic. All proceeds from the initiative will go towards charity. 

The man behind the initiative is the show’s producer Cameron Mackintosh. Macintosh has said that his foundation will donate £100,000 towards the initiative, with the group also paying the charity a seperate £5 for every public download of the show. 

The producer said of the initiative: “In these extraordinary times we hope that fans and everyone who loves the theatre will be reminded of how special a theatrical experience can be, going to the very heart of our British culture, which make our nation so special and unique”.

Les Misérables joins a veritable feast of productions now available to stream online. Shakespeare’s Globe, The National Theatre, Hampstead Theatre and the English National Ballet are just a handful of the many companies who now offer streaming services, with more institutions announcing online services every day.

Les Misérables is the longest-running show in London’s West End with the production having now graced the London stage for 35 years.

Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, the production has enchanted theatre goers for decades, with such memorable songs: “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Stars”, “Bring Him Home”, “Do You Hear the People Sing?”, “One Day More”, “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, “Master Of The House” and many more.

The show’s producers have said that plans are well underway for the show to return in the autumn, once the lockdown is over and the Coronavirus Crisis is at an end. 

Les Misérables can be downloaded here.

For information on other ways to access theatre during the lockdown, please click here.

-London's Best Events-
What: theatre to stream
When: out now
Where: online
Website: Les Misérables