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(and renamed) Sondheim Theatre has gained is a modernised and fresh look to what was starting to become a very outdated production.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
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