With the latest production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Misérables hitting the boards at Norwich Theatre Royal this month, guest blogger Dawn Maidstone settled down for a three-hour musical treat
Without a doubt, Les Misérables is one the most popular and iconic musicals of all time and although some criticism is given to this new production, the audience at Norwich Theatre Royal seemed to love it and gave an enthusiastic standing ovation at the earliest opportunity.
Les Misérables has everything; passionate characters and multi-level storyline, a beautiful score and some breathtaking lyrics, all of which were performed outstandingly by a hugely talented cast.
Nic Greenshields has a magnificent voice and projection and embodied the characteristics of Javert. Opposite him was Dean Chisnall, taking the leading role of Jean Valjean. He gave an impressive delivery of such a demanding role and his rendition of Bring Him Home felt honest and emotional.
Laughs and comedy were brilliantly executed by Ian Hughes and Helen Walsh as Thénardier and Madame Thénardier. In contrast, Charlie Burn beautifully portrayed the innocence of Cosette with beautiful vocals, while Frances Mayli McCann (Éponine) delivered a gorgeous On My Own.
This new production showcases how set design (Matt Kinley) and lighting (Paule Constable) can take a musical to the next level, and the scenery is inspired by the painting of Victor Hugo. Seamless changes, clever lighting and projections really transport you from one scene to the next.
Although nearly three-hours long, there’s a whole lot of history to get through, but it’s worth it – I was blown away. So, storm the barricades and get yourself a ticket!
Les Misérables runs at Norwich Theatre Royal until 4th April. Click here or call the box office on 01603 630000.