Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen a must have for every Les Mis fan

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Benedict Nightingales and Martyn Palmer
Applause Books (April 2013)

It has been 150 years since Victor Hugos novel Les Misérables was first published, yet the story of love, sacrifice and redemption has never failed to captivate audiences. While it has been made into several movie adaptations, when Cameron Mackintosh turned it into a musical, it secured its place in entertainment history. Over the past 27 years, more than 60 million people in 43 countries have seen the musical and in December, 2012, director Tom Hooper’s screen play of the musical.

Fans of all adaptations of Victor Hugo’s novel will love theater critic Benedict Nightingale and film journalist Martyn Palmer’s book, Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen.

This book examines Victor Hugo and France during his lifetime.  It discusses the origin of the novel and how Cameron Mackintosh took an album concept and turned it into a musical and how it became a global phenomenon. There are chapters dedicated to important characters such as Valjean, Javert, Thenardier and Fantine and the actors who played them throughout the years. It includes information on director Tom Hooper’s turning the musical into an award-winning screenplay.

This thick, padded coffee-table book is filled with beautiful illustrations and photography. However, as captivating as all of this information is, what sets Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen apart is the interactive nature of the book. Included in pockets and envelopes throughout the book are twenty items of memorabilia, such as

  • the poster for the 25th anniversary production at the Barbican
  • a first-night party invitation, program extracts and prop lists
  • original stage and costume designs
  • scene drawings and set designs for the film
  • pages from the prompt script
  • newspaper promotions

Whether you are a fan of Victor Hugo’s book, movie or musical, you will love Nightingale and Palmer’s Les Miserables: From Stage to Screen.