Les Mis is the 'blockbuster show that keeps on giving'
BY Malcolm Hindle
Liverpool Empire Theatre
IT’S the blockbuster stage show that just keeps on giving.
Les Misérables has been enthralling audiences for more than 35 years and shows no sign of losing its huge appeal - continuing to delight and attract thousands.
Currently on a nationwide tour, ‘the world’s favourite musical’ has arrived at the Empire Theatre Liverpool playing to yet more packed houses.
To date it’s been seen by more than 120 million people worldwide in 51 countries and in 22 languages.
Based on the classic novel, Les Misérables, by Victor Hugo, and the Broadway stage show of the same name, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, Prisoner 24601 who breaks parole, and his tormentor-in-chief - police inspector, Javert, who relentlessly and obsessively hunts him down.
Set against a backdrop of the French Revolution, Javert vows to put Valjean back behind bars – all played out, of course, to a string of songs that make Les Mis more than just a musical – it is in fact a stunning theatrical experience that surely has no equal.
If this show doesn’t give you goosebumps… nothing will!
Cameron Mackintosh’s casting of the tour sees Killian Donnelly as ‘Jean Valjean’ - a feat he pulls off with great aplomb especially bearing in mind the considerable footsteps he has to follow in the role, and Nic Greenshields who is a quite magnificent and hugely imposing ‘Javert’ - his rendition of ‘Stars’ a standout moment.
Anyone familiar with Les Mis will know that two of the show’s favourite characters are unscrupulous and unsavoury innkeepers ‘Thénardier and Madame Thénardier’ who in this production are played wonderfully by Martin Ball and Sophie-Louise Dann - their ‘Master of the House’ routine once again a stand-out delight for the sold-out Empire audience.
Harry Apps as ‘Marius’, Tegan Bannister as ‘Eponine’, and Bronwen Hanson as ‘Cosette’ all give impressive performances while special mention must go to Will Richardson as ‘Enjolras’.
Fantine, played by Katie Hall gives another of the show’s most memorable moments with a stunning version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’.
Boublil and Schönberg’s magnificent score of “LES MISÉRABLES” also includes the songs, ‘On My Own’, ‘Bring Him Home’, ‘Do You Hear the People Sing?’, ‘One Day More’, ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ … is it really any wonder Les Mis is so revered with a hit list like that.
There are now only a strictly limited number of tickets available for the Liverpool Empire run of Les Mis. Check daily at the box office for remaining seats.
Les Misérables plays at the Empire until Saturday, October 26, 2019.
10/10 – Could it be anything else.