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Average customer review: 4.5 star rating (4.6 Stars)

Number of reviews: 124



3.0 star rating Wendy Hickson from UK


Went to see the show 20/1/10. Some aspects were very impressive. Scenery and lighting were very good and contributed to atmosphere. Choral vocals good but principles very average with exception of Eponie and Maruis who were better.Vocal dynamics rather odd in places. Felt some characters were playing against the clock and not giving their all. Javert though acted well and had presence- believable- as was Eponie. Rather dissappointed overall, along with quite a few fellow audience members around us. Son was in a production of this at school and my niece in an amateur production -so knew the show well and was really looking forward to it. It made me realise how good the school production had been as aspects of it were better than this performance. Orchestrally an electric something or other grated in several poignant places and detracted from dramatic pleasure.

3.0 star rating Malcolm Hutchinson from London,


Having seen the Film Twenty Fifth Anniversary show which I rate as Five star + Unfortunately the Stage show in October was very disappointing. The sound I thought was very poor. The cast were not as good as I expected. them to be I thought very below par. Which is a shame as we had looked forward to seeing the stage for so long. Pity there were NO Real Headliners or really known to me. The Leading roles were not up to par.

3.0 star rating Christopher Gough from London, England


I've seen 'Les Mis', in various incarnations, since its original opening in the '80s. I enjoyed the performance - with some reservations. The lighting design is overly dark. I realise that Paris is the early 19th century wasn't ablaze with light, but there needs to be a balance between realism and the audience's enjoyment. Some of the performers, in their desire to give a 'barnstorming' performance were over-exuberant; their voices sounding strained with singing replaced by shouting (especially Javert) on occasions. 8 shows a week will induce strained vocal chords in no time. 'Les Mis' is a big show shoehorned into a small theatre - which shows. There is now no revolve and the barricades shuffle on from the back of the stage - much less impressive than earlier versions. 'Les Mis' has an iconic score, book and libretto, which makes it worth seeing - but thirty odd years on, its a 'bargain basement' production these days.

2.0 star rating Matthew from London, UK


I went to see Les Miserables convinced that it's long run meant that it was a good show. It most definitely is not. The music is bland, the lyrics rhyme childishly and some of the singing is awful. If you like music and theatre, as I do, then go to an opera and see it done properly.

2.0 star rating Michael London from London, England


First saw Les Mis in 1985 at Barbican with Colm Wilkinson,Michael Ball, Patti Lapone, etc. and was blown away. Saw again for 25th Anniversary and was still great. Following reviews of new production was looking forward to new version for 21st Century. Immediate thought was this is very small stage. Set seemed dated and flat and with some notable exceptions performances lacked any sense of passion or intensity. Acting was generally poor. Singing was uneven and very loud. Best bits were special effects ( e.g cellar scene) First half seemed very rushed. ( Matinee performance) Went home and listened for first time in years to original (1985) cast recording. Different class. Trevor Nunn's production and staging remembered for fantastic sets and powerful imagery . revolving stage much missed in this production. Not for theatre lovers. Leave this one for the tourists to enjoy.

1.0 star rating Bill Williams from London,


You either hate it or love it. It is certainly not the best show in the west end.

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REVOLUTIONARY Jaw Dropping iconic.

The world has embraced 'Les Mis' with both arms.

As the first trumpet sounded and the curtain rose I was sucked into 19th century France along with the inner turmoil of our hero Jean Valjean, played by the fantastic Killian Donnelly.

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