Les Misérables Review
Les Misérables is the world’s longest-running and one of the most prestigious musicals. The critically acclaimed musical has reopened at the refurbished Sondheim Theatre, previously the Queen’s Theatre, and the show does not disappoint, adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel.
Jean Valjean is a convict on parole who goes on the run while Inspector Javert is on his tail on a journey through the French Revolution. This one-of-a-kind musical features exhilarating and heart-wrenching songs for everyone to engage with and watch in amazement. Highlights include “One Day More” and “Bring Him Home” which created both a powerful and emotional atmosphere within the auditorium. a tear to everyone’s eye.
An exceptional new cast takes to the stage in the opening of this new version of a classic. The show feels slightly less theatrical than the original production but still an absolute thrill to watch and experience. It’s a moving and thrilling spectacle from start to finish, such unique and memorable performances from all the cast. The scene transitions are well-executed, evolving as the narrative progresses smoothly. The set captures the 19th-century Paris style, thanks to Matt Kinley. Paule Constable’s lighting enhances the mood and atmosphere throughout the show, adding to the fantastic set pieces in some moments.
The power of staging is showcased throughout this show, but more importantly, so is the singing with every note sung to perfection. Schönberg’s resounding and impactful score immerses the audience into the show’s extraordinary narrative. The star, Jon Robyns, is a triumph in the leading role as Jean Valjean, providing the perfect combination of drama, emotion and tenderness in his voice to create a captivating and mesmerising performance that has great depth. He performs Bring Him Home with remarkable fragility and gentleness that during the song, the whole audience was blown away.
Carrie Hope Fletcher flawlessly plays the role of Fantine; the strong and fragile with an emotional and soulful performance. Bradley Jaden gives a fresh take on Inspector Javert with a memorable rendition of Stars. Shan Ako as Éponine, the strong, unsung hero, thoroughly excels in performing On My Own to a great stature. Alongside these stunning solos are the engaging ensemble and chorus numbers, which provoke the whole audience to take notice and enjoyment. Gerard Carey as the infamous Thénardier is a comedic talent that provides relief in multiple moments.
If you’ve never seen this spectacle, then you’re in for a real treat. If you’ve seen it before, give it another go, it is still as captivating as the first time you see it!
Les Misérables is booking until 17th October 2020 at the Sondheim Theatre, London.
The cast reviewed is subject to change in Spring 2020.
Les Misérables is an extraordinary spectacle of a musical with flawless performances that provide the perfect balance of drama, emotion and tenderness, portrayed with depth and outstanding vocals. Seeing this show is a unique and captivating experience that is executed phenomenally.