On Friday night I went to see the theatrical institution that is Les Miserables for the first time.
I had previously seen the film and didn’t find it particularly engaging – considering there’s so much tragedy I came out of the cinema feeling ‘so what?’ about it all. Particularly with the likes of Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne over emoting at every opportunity (I know everyone thinks they’re the most incredible actors at the moment but I tend to disagree!)
However I’m pleased to say that the stage show is a million times better! We were sat in the upper circle of a sold out show but it didn’t detract from the experience since there is so much action filling the stage. David Thaxton as Javert particularly stood out, his voice was amazing and he seemed to bring an extra ‘spark’ to the role that a couple of the other principles seemed to be missing. The songs predictably got into your head and I’ve been humming them around the house all weekend!
However, interval chaos ensued when I got stuck in a queue for the ladies toilets (severely lacking as per usual) and came out to discover the show had started up again! As I squeezed past a family of three to get to my seat I was inundated with a barrage of ‘tutting’ – a fail safe way to shame someone in the theatre make no mistake! The last time I’ve been on the receiving end of this was ten years ago when my mum’s mobile phone went off during a poignant moment in Phantom of the Opera (when the Phantom was mid way through Music of the Night!)
In conclusion – I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and can really see why it’s one of “those” musicals that just keeps running. And with that I’ll leave you with a fitting Les Mis meme…