Les Misérables - School Edition


Writers: Alain Boublil Claude-Michel Schönberg


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Victor Hugo's 1862 Novel Of The Same Name
Number of Acts
Drama, Historical/Biographical
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1815-1832, The French Countryside And Paris
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
Some Dance
Ideal for
Diverse Cast, Ensemble Cast, High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Star Vehicle Male
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes early teen, late teen, child characters


One of the world’s most iconic and longest-running musicals, made accessible for students, Les Misérables - School Edition tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who spends a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France and the aftermath of the French Revolution, this timeless story of intertwined destinies reveals the power of compassion and the quiet evil of indifference to human suffering. As Valjean’s quest for a new life carries him into Paris and to the barricades of the Student Revolution, he is hunted by Inspector Javert and the ghosts of his past. Amidst a battle for the soul of Paris, he discovers the true meaning of love and salvation. With the original show performed in over 40 countries and 22 languages, this widely known lush and swelling score features such famed songs as “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” and “Bring Him Home,” Les Mis brings Victor Hugo’s revolutionary novel blazingly to life.

Lead Characters

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