Longest-running Musical

Now that the flurry of activity about our plane flight is past, I can return to narrating some of the events of previous days.

On Saturday, April 17, we went to Queen’s Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue to see Les Miserables, which is touted as the world’s longest-running musical ever.

It first opened in Paris in 1980, then in London in 1985 at the famous Palace Theatre, so it is celebrating its 25th anniversary in London.

Here is the ceiling of the theatre.

If you have ever seen this musical, you know what a mix it is. On the one hand, it gives a powerful portrayal about God, forgiveness, prayer and a transformed life. On the other hand, you have to wade through doses of coarseness and vulgarity to get to the beauty. In that sense, the musical is a picture of the real world. Both are present all the time – man’s sin, and God’s grace and redemptive purposes.

To any of my blog readers who has seen Les Mis, I would be glad to know your comments about it.

Queen’s Theatre is located on the edge of London’s Chinatown. We ate at Wu’s Buffet. The food was satisfactory but not exceptional. Surprisingly, the buffet included a large platter of Spanish paella, which was the best feature of the day, I thought.

Near the theatre a wall decoration gives a Chinese flavor to one of the buildings.

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