|Revolutionary – the Les Mis cast|
|The Thenardiers and company|
The score! What can I say! From the comedy and slapstick of “Master of the House” by the cheating, low-life Thenardiers, “Lovely Ladies,” a surprisingly catchy tale of prostitution and the weirdly upbeat pessimism of factory workers “At The End Of The Day” to the haunting solo “I Dreamed A Dream” by poor, destitute Fantine daughter and Eponine’s heartbreaking “On My Own,” it’s certainly a rollercoaster of emotion and amazing storytelling by the writers. The cast’s voices were incredible, especially Katie Hall (Fantine), Tegan Bannister (Eponine) and of course Killian Donnelly (Jean Valjean) and Nic Greenshields (villain Javert). Monsieur and Madame Thenardier, played by Martin Ball and Sophie-Louise Dann) are the much needed comic relief that balance out the heavier moments and do a great job.
The set (by Matt Kinley) was amazing, with so many moving parts created with stunning detail, scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo himself and hyperrealistic special effects (the smoke and gunfire was particularly effective). It goes without saying that the costumes (by Andreane Neofitou) were exceptional and play a huge part in transporting you back to 1830s France.
After nearly three hours of completely engrossing action and a rollercoaster of emotions, a standing ovation was inevitable. I laughed, I cried (prepare yourself for Act II), I got goosebumps, I marvelled the scale of the whole thing and my friends and I were singing the songs for a good few weeks afterwards. Ne le manque pas! (Don’t miss it)!
Five stars, no question!
Les Mis is at Theatre Royal Newcastle until Saturday 5th October – get tickets here
*I received a ticket in exchange for a review