3 May 2015

Les Miserable

Since going to the Cliffs Pavilion to see Starlight Express a few years ago, I have definitely caught the West End bug and have now seen five amazing shows! The fifth show that I went to see last Thursday at the Queen's Theatre was Les Miserable. Having previously seen the all-star film adaptation (and really enjoying it after I got past the fact that none of the characters were actually going to talk but instead were intent on singing every single line!) my friend, Meriel, and I could not resist the cheap tickets on offer. Since we were going in a big group, we got them almost half price!

What's it about?

Set against the backdrop of the 19th century French Revolution, Les Miserable tells of the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who breaks parole and gives his life to God. He is hunted for decades by policeman Javert but still manages to make a successful career as a good, honest factory owner. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette, after she dies, his life chances forever but he still remains determined that no one, not even the little girl, will ever find out about his past. 

"It tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption– a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own” – Les Misérables is the show of shows."


What did I think?

The theatre was absolutely beautiful with plush red seats and stunning architecture, as most of the London theatres are. Our seats were right in the middle of the Dress Circle so we were center stage of the action going on a couple meters in front of us. I was utterly spelled bound by the end of the first Act, completely lost in the magic of the songs and amazed at how this seemingly complex story line, that moves through time, could be reproduced so beautiful on such a small stage.

After a while my legs did begin to ache and go stiff from sitting down for so long, so the 15 minute interval did come as a relief. It was just about enough time to have a snoop over the edge of the Dress Circle, wave at the people sitting in the stalls and buy myself one of those cute little pots of ice cream with a flat spoon that is about as useful as an umbrella in a rain forest!

The second half was just as good, possible even better. And I defiantly suggest you grab yourself a box (or two!) of tissues during the interval as well because unless you have a heart of stone, you will be needing them by the end! My attempt at silent crying did win me an Oscar to say the least...*cringey face*

My favorite character has to be a toss up between Thenardier and his wife who made me cry with laughter at some points, especially during their song, or the beautiful Eponine, played by none other than youtuber and Tom from McFly's sister, Carrie Hope Fletcher!




 As soon as I got home that day, I switched on my phone, download the entire soundtrack and have been listening to it ever since! It's probably fair to say I am now completely and utterly addicted to it..."Do you hear the people sing? Singing the song of angry men?"

Have you seen the show before? 
Love Beth xx


2 comments:

  1. les mis is an amazing musical! I can only imagine what it must be like to see it in london :o <3 Gisforgingers xx

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    1. The atmosphere was just amazing! You couldn't help but absolutely love it!

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