ONE of the world’s most popular musicals is now showing in the North-East.

As last week Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed production of Boublil and Schönberg musical, Les Misérables, began playing at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.

Les Misérables marks a triumphant return to Newcastle Theatre Royal for Cameron Mackintosh following the hugely popular runs of Mary Poppins in 2016, Barnum in 2015 and Oliver! in 2012.

The eight-week run, until October 5, will be one of the longest for a musical in the Theatre Royal’s history.

The lead character of Jean Valjean is played by Killian Donnelly, who first joined the company of Les Misérables in 2008, going onto play the role of ‘Enjolras’ from 2009 to 2011, and then going on to play the lead role in the West End production.

The story sees a prisoner, Jean Valjean, break parole, and follows the police inspector, Javert, who tries to hunt him down.

Since Cameron Mackintosh first conceived this new production of Les Misérables to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary in 2009, it has taken the world by storm.

It also inspired the hugely successful movie version starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne.

With scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, the magnificent score of Les Misérables includes the songs; I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Bring Him Home, One Day More and Master Of The House.

Tickets are available on the Theatre Royal website or via the box office.