Take an unforgettable journey from the 19th-century Paris of Victor Hugo's novel â€“ Les MisÃ©rables â€“ to today's blockbuster stage musical. Featuring rare items from the collections of the BibliothÃ¨que nationale de France, Maison de Victor Hugo, MusÃ©e Rodin, Cameron Mackintosh Archive and others, this exhibition is a world-first insight into the most popular French story of all time.
Exclusive to the State Library of Victoria, the exhibition takes you on a themed, multi-sensory exploration of:
- Victor Hugoâ€™s original handwritten Les MisÃ©rables manuscript â€“ a French national treasure thatâ€™s leaving Europe for the first time
- Original drawings and watercolours by Victor Hugo
- Rare scripts, scores, designs and posters from the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company production
- Original costumes and designs from the cinematic portrayals of Les MisÃ©rables â€“ including the 2012 film starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman
- An entire gallery, including interactive displays, dedicated to the current Melbourne production of Boublil and SchÃ¶nberg's Les MisÃ©rables stage musical, giving visitors the chance to dress up and take centre stage.
Opening in July 2014, to coincide with Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and SchÃ¶nberg's Les MisÃ©rables currently playing in Melbourne, this collection of iconic rarities is not to be missed.
Photography and filming is not permitted in the main gallery, due to preservation requirements, but is allowed in the multimedia gallery. Please refer to signs in the exhibition or ask a staff member for further information.
Explore the story of Victor Hugo's novel, and Boublil and SchÃ¶nberg's stage musical, through this unique image gallery.
View an online interactive of Hugo's original manuscript, with expert video commentary, produced by The Age.