Belfast Telegraph

25th anniversary for Les Miserables

Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench was among a captivated audience at an anniversary performance of the world's longest running musical - Les Miserables.

The production, at the Barbican Theatre, where it first premiered in 1985, received rapturous applause and a standing ovation as the curtain fell.

Actress Keira Knightley was also spotted in the Barbican Centre, though it was unclear if she attended the performance.

The show, produced by Cameron Mackintosh, was put on as part of its 25th anniversary celebration and starred Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates as love-struck French revolutionary Marius.

Les Miz, as it is known, is in the midst of 22 performances, which started on September 14 and will finish on October 2.

It is the first time anywhere in the world that two productions of the same musical are playing in the same city.

This production opened in Cardiff in December 2009 to rave reviews and broke box office records in Manchester, Norwich and Birmingham.

Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre in October 1985 directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

It transferred to the Palace Theatre in December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre in April 2004 where it is booked through 2011.

In October 2006, Les Miserables took over the title of world's longest running musical from Cats, another Cameron Mackintosh production.

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