LES Misérables is breathtaking, beautiful and heartbreaking.
The show is an absolute phenomenon and like nothing I’ve ever seen before.
I lost count of how many times I was overcome with goosebumps and emotion as I watched the famous story unfold in front of my eyes.
The musical is based on the novel by Victor Hugo and follows Frenchman Jean Valjean (Peter Lockyer), who is imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread.
After being released, he breaks his parole only to be ruthlessly hunted across the years by police inspector Javert (David Thaxton).
Valjean turns his life around to become a mayor and a prominent businessman, and finds himself responsible for a young girl after her mother, Fantine (Melanie Bright) passes away.
The story is one of epic proportions – it’s powerful, emotional and intense.
The show marks the West End debut of Boldon Colliery’s Emilie Fleming. She is simply stunning in the role of Cosette. She isn’t on stage for a huge amount of time, but when she is, she makes an unforgettable impression. Her duet, A Heart Full Of Love, with Marius (Rob Houchen), is gorgeous and really demonstrates Fleming’s vocal range – some of those high notes she hits seem impossible.
Seeing Les Mis live on stage is something I’ve been dying to do for years. I’m a huge fan of the 2012 film version, but it really doesn’t come close to the show.
Lockyer is absolutely phenomenal as Valjean. His operatic voice shines in his renditions of Who Am I? and Bring Him Home.
His role and Thaxton’s are equally intense and demanding and both give beautiful and passionate performances.
Famous songs from the show are delivered through spectacular performances. The likes of I Dreamed A Dream, Stars, Do You Hear The People Sing? and One Day More moved the audience.
The set is fantastically elaborate. The spinning stage looks brilliant, and huge pieces of scenery appear to completely transform the setting.
The costumes look authentic and are suitably beautiful or ragged depending on who is wearing them. The ageing of characters is also depicted wonderfully.
The show marks the West End debut of Boldon Colliery’s Emilie Fleming. She is simply stunning in the role of Cosette. She isn’t on stage for a huge amount of time, but when she is, she makes an unforgettable impression.
Great performances also came from innkeeper Thénardier (Tom Eddon) and Madame Thénardier (Wendy Ferguson) who added a great comedy element.
Carrie Hope Fletcher was also stunning as Eponine. Her rendition of On My Own was gorgeous and moving.
The show, set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, really is like nothing else I’ve seen before.
Every death is heartbreaking and I was repeatedly moved to tears. The use of smoke and lighting effects made it really atmospheric, and the theatre had a very intimate feel.
Les Mis is the longest running musical in the world and seeing it live leaves no doubt as to why it’s so loved.
You simply must see this show on the West End – it will move you beyond belief.
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