Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables was a critical flop when it first premiered, but now it’s an absolute smash hit and loved by fans all over the world. After Cameron Mackintosh took it on, the show’s gone from strength to strength – and now it’s going on tour!
The show will come to the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, for its only UK tour date in Yorkshire!
Killian Donnelly, our Jean Valjean, has played the role in the West End production. Prior to that, he played Charlie Price in Kinky Boots on Broadway and the West End – a role he was nominated for an Olivier Award for. Killian has played a number of roles in Les Miserables over the years, most notable for playing the role of ‘Combeferre’ in the multi-award-winning film of the show!
Nic Greenshields joins the cast as Javert. He most recently appeared in Young Frankenstein at the Garrick Theatre but he has starred in Les Miserables before. Looks like this will be his first huge role!
Katie Hall, playing Fantine, is no stranger to Les Miserables either. She played Cosette in Les Mis back in 2009, and in the 25th Anniversary Concert of the show at The O2 Arena. In other musicals she’s played huge leading roles, including Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Maria in West Side Story.
Martin Ball will play Thénardier with Sophie-Louise Dann playing Madame Thénardier. Harry Apps will play Marius, Tegan Bannister as Eponine, Will Richardson as Enjolras and Bronwen Hanson as Cosette. I haven’t seen any of these performers live before, but I’m sure they’re more than up for the challenge!
The new staging has scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, and has travelled the world delighting audiences! This production is designed by Matt Kinley, and directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell. The projections are being done by Fify-Nine Productions so I’m interested to see how that will work! It’s quite a historical play so adding projection could either kill the vibe or make the production even more visually interesting.
The show has been seen by over 120 million people across the world – that’s over 52 countries! It’s odd how the musical, based on the novel by Victor Hugo, has taken off. It’s essentially quite a miserable piece (hence the name) yet people seem to love the macabre nature of it. I think the light and shade and touches of humour help the show achieve ultimate balance between heart-warming and heart-wrenching.
Catch Les Miserables at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, from Tuesday 9 July.
Photograph credited to Matthew Murphy