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Les Miserables is, as the title suggests, no trifling affair. At just under 3 hours long you will need to pack light, for we have a long way to travel tonight along the path of Jean Valjean.
I think its fair to say that the French literary elite were less than chuffed at the idea that Victor Hugo's masterpiece was going to be set to music in some gaudy, vaudeville style musical. Even worse, was that it was being written by two Frenchmen in English! Quelle horreur!
Now over 25 years later it is the longest running show in London, with a record breaking Broadway run (and returning again in Spring 2014) and a major movie, not to mention Susan Boyle's performance of 'I Dreamed A Dream' it is fair to say that the world has embraced 'Les Mis' with both arms.
And why, you may ask, are London audiences so steadfast in their loyalty to this show?
Here's my answer for what its worth. It gives me a great sense of satisfaction, after a hard week of toil, to spend three hours watching a team of top professionals giving it their all to entertain by bringing to life this epic tale. I get a double satisfaction knowing that they did the same thing last night, and will do it all again tomorrow, but for me, I knew they gave of their best. In the TV reality world where everyone gives it '110%' and generally miss by a long shot, here is an ensemble of trained and accomplished performers who deliver.
If you haven't read the book before you go, then don't. Instead, just sit back and take it as it arrives on stage and it will surprise and enchant.
In its day the stage production was nothing short of revolutionary (sic). Today it still impresses but for a teenager the reaction will be an excited 'cool' rather than a jaw dropping 'wow!'.
Some beautiful and tender moments in the midst of the proceedings. Watching Les Miserables on Broadway some twenty years ago I was sat next to a lady who started crying at the announcement that the performance was about to start. Go prepared is my advice.
Les Miserables is suitable for most audiences aged 14 and upwards. Smaller children will find it too long and will lose interest.
If you haven't seen the movie or read Victor Hugo's novel before you go, don't. Instead, just sit back and let the show enchant. more »
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