Reviewed by Keiley Archer
Les Miserables is a musical which has been dazzling audiences for 35 years and has recently been reimagined in the new Sondheim Theatre. Formally known as the Queen’s Theatre, it undertook a massive renovation to provide a new home for the well loved production. This performance was led by Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean, with Bradley Jaden as Javert, Shan Ako as Eponine, Harry Apps as Marius, and Carrie Hope Fletcher as Fantine.
The most notable change from the original production was the lack of revolving stage, which was previously an iconic aspect of the show. However, this did not hinder the show. The new set pieces and stage action was woven into the show to blend the well-loved, iconic aspects with the new. The visual projections created the perfect backdrop to the scenes, adding depth to the sewers and creating a beautiful sky of stars. This existed without overpowering the actors on stage.
The new set pieces and staging detail completely immerse the audience into one of the most unruly periods of French history. When the lights dim, a spectacle of rebellion, courage and defiance begins. The violence and hardships of the story are turned up a notch but are contrasted with the extra visual comedy provided by the Thenardiers.
With a highly talented cast and repertoire of well-loved musical numbers, this production will dazzle Les Mis fans and new audiences alike