LTCY – Les Mis – Review

Les Miserables School Edition, Little Theatre Youth Company, Brewhouse arts centre, Burton

Due to audience demand, LTC Youth brings you its brand new production of the world’s most popular musical, Les Miserables School Edition, featuring a new cast.

Once again the youngsters take on this epic show and make it their own. Somehow the Little Theatre Company seems to have discovered a production line of talent whereby they maintain a very high standard of performance even though the names and the faces change.

This year’s show brings us Oliver Last as Jean Valjean and Edward Watchman as Javert the two main protagonists in Les Miserables, the musical based on the novel of the same name by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The show, which premiered in Paris in 1980, has music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and original French-language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, alongside an English-language libretto with accompanying English-language lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.

Set in early 19th-century France, it is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail for having stolen a loaf of bread for his sister’s starving child. Valjean decides to break his parole and start his life anew after a kindly bishop inspires him by a tremendous act of mercy, but he is relentlessly tracked down by a police inspector named Javert. Along the way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into a revolutionary period in France, where a group of young idealists make their last stand at a street barricade.

Along with Edward and Oliver in principal roles are Scarlett Marchant as Fantine, Katie Ireland as Eponine, Georga Ratcliffe as Cosette, Ewan Bourne as Marius and Wil Pearson as Enjolras. The principals are well supported by a cast that take on many roles between them.

This is the third time that LTC Youth has performed this show at the Brewhouse and still the company brings something fresh to the stage.

Les Miserables School Edition is on at the Brewhouse arts centre, Union Street, Burton, from Tuesday, April 18th until Saturday, April 22nd. Shows commence at 7.30pm every evening and there are matinee performances at 2.30pm on Thursday and Saturday.

 

Ticket information contact the Brewhouse box office on 01283 508100

Bill Pritchard.

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