LES MISERABLES – The Musical that Swept the World Available for Licensing in its Full-length for the First Time!

by JasonC on December 6, 2012

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You don’t need to wait one day more to join the licensing revolution, because now the full-length version of LES MISÉRABLES is available to license in North America for a limited time, for performances starting in June 2013 (some regional restrictions apply)!

Due to the unprecedented success of the first-class productions in the West End, on Broadway, on tour and in over 40 countries around the world, the opportunity to license and produce Les Misérables has not previously been available generally to professional and amateur groups.  While certain geographic restrictions apply, the time has come to mount your own revolution!

Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, LES MISÉRABLES holds the record for the longest-running musical in the world and continues to thrill and captivate audiences in every corner of the globe.  Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES is a treasured tale about the survival of the human spirit.  The magnificent score features classic songs that are now staples of any musical theatre audition including, “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.

From the wrongfully accused hero Jean Valjean and his loving daughter Cosette, to the misunderstood heroine Eponine and the relentless Inspector Javert – Hugo’s characters have proved themselves timeless and contemporary in every country and society in which it plays.  Les Miserables is truly an emotional and uplifting story.

Cameron Mackintosh’s production of Boublil and Schönberg's LES MISÉRABLES is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer based on the original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, with additional material by James Fenton.

From Humble Beginnings to Record-Breaking Success

The idea for LES MISÉRABLES began when author Alain Boubil saw a London production of OLIVER.  The Artful Dodger brought to his mind a singing Gavroche, the young revolutionary from Hugo’s classic novel.  After years of work and months of rehearsal, LES MISÉRABLES opened at the Barbican Theatre on October 8th 1985 and the show took off from the very beginning.  Despite mixed reviews, the public was drawn to the powerful emotion in the production, a thing rarely seen in theatre of the time.  The morning of the second night of previews, the box office had already sold a record-breaking 5,000 seats!

Cameron Mackintosh reflects, “The opening night of Les Misérables at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985 was one of those extraordinary occasions when against all the odds a theatrical alchemy took place that made everyone forget the years of work and months of rehearsal – racing against the clock – that went into adapting Hugo’s sweeping masterpiece for the musical stage. After only a week of previews the show simply soared, and both the audience and the cast were elevated to a state of powerful emotion rarely seen in the theatre. Back in 1982, when I first heard the French concept album, a dream of what the show could be flashed through my mind – that dream was fulfilled beyond my expectations.”

You can read even more about the show including detailed insights from Cameron Mackintosh here. 

Facts and Figures

LES MISÉRABLES has been performed so many times and in so many places that its statistics are always changing!  The LES MISÉRABLES Official Website has some of the most up to date statistics about the production.  Here are just a few that we found particularly interesting, but we encourage you to check out the website for remarkable statistics, photos, videos, news and more.

  • When “LES MISÉRABLES” celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World’s Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by “Cats” in London’s West End.
  • In January 2010, the West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.
  • LES MISÉRABLES has been translated into 21 different languages. (English, Japanese, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, German, Polish, Swedish, Dutch, Danish, French, Czech, Castillian, Mauritian Creole, Flemish, Finnish, Argentinian, Portuguese, Estonian and Mexican Spanish).
  • Productions have played in 43 countries and over 300 cities.
  • The production has played over 47,000 professional performances giving a total audience figure of more than 60 million people worldwide.
  • LES MISÉRABLES has won over 70 major theatre awards including an Olivier, Tony & Grammy.
  • There have been over 40 cast recordings of LES MISÉRABLES including albums, singles and the symphonic.
  • Largest Single Live Audience: 125,000 people at the 1989 Australia Day concert in Sidney
  • Largest Broadcast Audience: 400 million viewers in 197 countries during the 1996 European Football Championship starring 250 cast members
  • The original production, still running in London has approximately 101cast 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 392 costumes consisting of over 5000 items of clothing and 85 wigs!
  • LES MISÉRABLES gave 6680 performances on Broadway from February 28, 1987 to May 18, 2003.  The production grossed $406,258,901.00 with an average ticket price of $46.00

Share Your Story

Do you have a favorite LES MISÉRABLES moment or story? We’d love to hear it.  Let us know by leaving a comment below or by checking out LES MISÉRABLES MTI ShowSpace page.

License Today

Visit the LES MISÉRABLES show page to learn more about availability in your area as some restrictions may apply.

See the Tour

The new 25th Anniversary production of LES MISÉRABLES is currently on tour in North America.  Click here for dates and venues.

Official Website

The official LES MISÉRABLES website is one of the best resources available for photos, videos, news and more.

The Motion Picture

The feature film version of LES MISÉRABLES hits theatres December 25, 2012 and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks with Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. It is produced by Cameron Mackintosh with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title and Universal Studios and is directed by Tom Hooper.  Check out photos, videos and more here.


In May 2001 the LES MISÉRABLES SCHOOL EDITION was launched in the USA.  Since then over 3000 school’s productions by over 150,000 school children in the US, UK and Australia have made it the most successful musical ever produced in schools.


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    Gordon Hogg December 6, 2012 at 10:37 am

    It it going to be available in Scotland?

    Roddy Bain December 7, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Is this purely in the US or can it be done in the UK too ?

    Jamiahsh December 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Why and for how long is this “limited time only?”

    ScottF December 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Unfortunately, this is only currently available in the US.

    ScottF December 18, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Due to professional productions in the UK the license is not available outside of the US at this time.

    ScottF December 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    There is no set date of when this license will become restricted again. The reason it would happen would be due to any professional productions, tours, or Broadway productions that may pop up in the coming years.

    Linda W January 15, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I have applied for the license a few times, and it comes back still restricted. Apparently a professional group is still doing it in the Montgomery county area, so we can’t get the rights……So really it isn’t available for licensing.

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