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54 million: The estimated number of people who have seen the stage musical "Les Miserables," which this weekend becomes the longest running musical ever (overtaking Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Cats," which closed in 2002).

38,000: The number of times the show has been performed professionally around the globe.

21: Years that "Les Miserables" has been running in London's West End, where the show originally opened. Also, the number of languages into which "Les Miserables" has been translated.

56: The number of professional theatre companies that have performed "Les Miserables" worldwide.

38: Countries in which a version of "Les Miserables" has been produced (including, among others, South Korea, China, Estonia and Mauritius).

223: Cities that have hosted performances of the musical.

101: Cast, musicians and crew who are directly involved in each production of the show.

392: The number of complete costumes used in every performance of the show (a figure which in turn breaks down into 1782 separate items of clothing).

31: Wigs used in each show.

125,000: Largest ever live audience for a performance of "Les Miserables" (at an open air Australia Day concert in Sydney in 1989).

400 million: The worldwide television audience who saw the cast of "Les Miserables" perform songs from the show at the 1996 European Football Championship.

200,000: Dollars paid by an anonymous buyer for a black velvet gown worn by Princess Diana to the London opening of "Les Miserables" in 1985.


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