Newest Review: ... round and round all evening. I did enjoy it and was glad I saw it, but think I was expecting more. Les Miserables is currently on at t... more
Did it leave me feeling miserables?
Member Name: kcsevenoaks
Advantages: Good Music
Disadvantages: The Revolve
This long running musical is a firm favourite with West End audiences. Based on the Victor Hugo novel it takes place in Paris at a time of revolution and anger. This is no light hearted musical, it tough gritty plot and stirring music puts the audience in atmospheric Paris through wonderful staging and use of a revolve on the stage - more of that later.
There are classic songs such as "I dreamed a dream" and "Bring him home". The plot intertwines the lives of various characters from the on the ex convict Jean Valjean, to the love story between Marius and Cosette, and the comedic rascals the Thénardiers, right down the over keen youngster Gavroche, through this troubled time in history.
Personally, although much loved by millions, I thought this to be fairly average, and at times very drawn out. The last 30mins seemed to drag terribly. The barricade set is well used, but I do feel they over use the revolve in the centre of the stage way too much. At times it felt like the show was very disjointed with people getting on the revolve to sing then without much happening the revolve spins round and theres another person randomly standing on the stage. The cast must get very dizzy going round and round all evening.
I did enjoy it and was glad I saw it, but think I was expecting more. Les Miserables is currently on at the Queens Theatre, nearest tubes Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus or mainline trains Charing Cross. For ticket and time info www.lesmis.com
Summary: It was good - but thats it
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