Take an unforgettable journey from the 19th-century Paris of Victor Hugo's novel Les MisÃ©rables to today's blockbuster stage musical in this world-first exhibition.
See 100 pages of Victor Hugoâ€™s 1862 Les MisÃ©rables manuscript, using our interactive digitised version now on display. The 945-page handwritten volume has returned home to the BibliothÃ¨que nationale de France in Paris, as the manuscript can only be displayed for short periods in order to preserve its precious pages. The digitised version lets you discover passages that weren't included in the published novel, including additions and corrections in Hugoâ€™s own hand.
The exhibition also features rare items from the collections of the BibliothÃ¨que nationale de France, Maisons de Victor Hugo, MusÃ©e Rodin, Cameron Mackintosh Archive and others:
- original drawings and watercolours by Victor Hugo
- costumes and designs from the musical production and Academy Award-winning film
- rare scripts, scores, designs and posters from the 1985 Royal Shakespeare Company theatre production
- stunning, interactive displays, that let you sing, dress up and take centre stage.
Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to explore the most popular French story of all time. Exclusive to the State Library of Victoria, and coinciding with Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Boublil and SchÃ¶nberg's Les MisÃ©rables currently playing in Melbourne.
Photography and filming is not permitted in the main gallery, due to preservation requirements, but is allowed in the interactive gallery. Please refer to signs in the exhibition or ask a staff member for further information.
While seeing the exhibition, visit the pop-up shop run by Readings to browse the range of merchandise on sale, including the fully illustrated exhibition catalogue.
See, and learn more about, selected items from the exhibition in our image gallery.
View an online interactive of Hugo's original manuscript, with expert video commentary, produced by The Age.