Following on from our recently successful productions of Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Annie, this year we will be performing the renowned Les Misérables for the second time. It is nine years since we first performed the show in the Roger Kay Hall and this production will be a different experience in the Boys’ school hall with a cast which is almost twice the size!
The show is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It opened in the West End on the 8th October 1985 and there has been a production running in London ever since. It has been translated in 22 different languages and has played 349 cities in 44 countries. In the early 1990s it played a thirteen month run at Manchester’s Palace Theatre.
The show centres around escaped convict Jean Val Jean, played by Jacob Dufton, who has spent 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread. On his release he decides to break his parole and as a result is pursued across France by Inspector Javert, played by Christian Fuchs. Their paths cross many times, as Val Jean changes his identity to avoid capture. Along the way Val Jean meets Fantene played by Sophia Charaf, and on her death agrees to bring up her daughter Cosette played by Rebecca Yates as his own.
The musical contains some of the most well-known songs in musical theatre, including: Do You Hear the People Sing, Who am I, Stars, I Dreamed a Dream, One Day More and Bring Him Home.
The show will be held in the Boys’ School hall from the 22nd to the 25th March. Tiered seating will be installed to ensure that everybody gets a fantastic view. Tickets are £10 each and will go on sale the week after half-term. A letter containing full details of how to buy them will be sent out soon. Please ensure that you buy your tickets quickly, as they are likely to sell out!