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Playing at the Sondheim Theatre until 2 March 2024
LES MISÉRABLES currently stars Dean Chisnall as Jean Valjean, David Thaxton as Javert, Ava Brennan as Fantine Robert Tripolino as Marius, Nathania Ong as Éponine and Lulu-Mae Pears as Cosette, Gerard Carey as Thénardier, Josefina Gabrielle as Madame Thénardier and Jordan Shaw as Enjolras.
The company also includes Hazel Baldwin, Brad Barnley, Will Barratt, Cameron Burt, Natalie Chua, Matthew Dale, Matt Dempsey, Bryony Duncan, Louis Emmanuel, Sophie-May Feek, Melad Hamidi, Harry Jack, Christopher Jacobsen, Will Jennings, Benjamin Karran, Yazmin King, Bart Lambert, Sarah Lark, Adam Robert Lewis, Georgie Lovatt, Ellie Ann Lowe, Donald Craig Manuel, Jodie Nolan, Sam Peggs, Jo Stephenson, Phoebe Williams and Ollie Wray.
From 27 March 2023 Les Miserables will star Josh Piterman as Jean Valjean, Stewart Clarke as Javert, Lucie Jones as Fantine, Claire Machin as Madame Thénardier and Harry Chandler as Enjolras. They join Gerard Carey as Thénardier, Robert Tripolino as Marius, Nathania Ong as Éponine, Lulu-Mae Pears as Cosette.
Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent iconic score of LES MISÉRABLES includes the classic songs, I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, Stars, Bring Him Home, Do You Hear the People Sing?, One Day More, Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Master Of The House and many more. Several of its songs have become real life anthems of revolution wherever in the world people are fighting for their freedom. Seen by over 120 million people worldwide in 53 countries and in 22 languages, LES MISÉRABLES is undisputedly one of the world’s most popular and contemporary musicals.
I saw this new production of Les Miserables on Broadway back in 2016 and have been longing for the London production to be updated ever since. Gone is the revolving stage (to many fans disappointment) but what the newly refurbished (and renamed) Sondheim Theatre has gained is a modernised and fresh look to what was starting to become a very outdated production.
The set design is phenomenal, giving a much fuller French look and feel with actors standing on apartment balconies and scenic video backdrops bringing movement and life to the show. Costumes are fresher and more colourful than previously and the whole production is just a joy to experience from start to finish.
On the night I saw this show, it was the Alternate ‘Jean Valjean’ Luke McCall’s first performance and he did a great job. Once he really settles in to the role I think he has what it takes to be up there with the best of them. Bradley Jaden as ‘Javert’ has really grown into this role over the last couple of years and his performance now is polished and on point. No stranger to Les Miserables, Carrie Hope Fletcher is working her way through the various roles in the show having played both ‘young’ and ‘old’ Eponine over the years and now takes on the part of ‘Fantine’. Shan Ako shines as ‘Eponine’ and the Thenardiers Ian Hughes and Josefina Gabrielle play the comic roles very well. Harry Apps is a lovely ‘Marius’ and Lily Kerhoas is perfectly cast as ‘Cosette’.
This new production of Les Miserables really has to be seen to be believed and breathes a breath of fresh air into what was becoming a slightly stale show. The show has been running in the West End for over thirty years and this new production could see it live on for just as long.
Reviewed by West End Wilma (2020)