Les Miserables (UK Tour), Palace Theatre Manchester | Review

Les Miserables UK Tour

21/02/19

Palace Theatre Manchester
Reviewed by Mia Goddard
★★★★
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, ‘Les Miserables’ tells the story of prisoner Jean Valjean who breaks parole, as he runs from Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades. Meanwhile, the life of a working class girl, Fantine, is at turning point as she turns to prostitution to pay money to the innkeeper and his wife who look after her child, Cosette. Valjean tries to help Fantine and promises to take care of the child, eventually leading to a love triangle between Cosette, Marius who is a student of the rebellion, and Eponine, a girl of the streets. The people sing of their anger and Enjolras leads the students to fight upon the barricades.
This worldwide smash hit, Les Miserables, is currently embarking on a new International tour. This new production of the West End’s longest running show is as strong and as fresh as ever. As soon as the lights dim in the auditorium and the magnificent orchestra strike the first notes of the score you can’t help but feel excited and taken in automatically.
The touring production strays away from the famous revolve but with amazing set design by Matt Kinley, you certainly don’t miss it. The use of the stage and the props are fantastic. The set contains different levels and entrances and exits for the actors.
The company is led by Killian Donnelly as Jean Valjean who must be one of the strongest and most versatile performers in the acting industry right now. His journey throughout the piece is incredible and his vocal range is gorgeous with his stand out song ‘Bring Him Home’ bringing the audience to tears.
Nic Greenshields is a very commanding and strong Javert. ‘Stars’ was sung to perfection and together with Killian, ‘The Confrontation’ was passionate and powerful. Harry Apps gave a charming performance as Marius, making his professional debut in this production with a stunning performance of ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’. Bronwen Hanson makes a lovely Cosette and her vocals are gorgeous. Tegan Bannister gives real heart to Eponine, and ‘A Little Fall of Rain’ between herself and Harry Apps was heart-breaking yet beautiful.
Katie Hall is just astonishing as Fantine and gave an amazing vocal performance. Will Richardson is a fantastic Enjolras, his strong vocals and stage presence make him instantly watchable. Martin Ball and Sophie-Louise Dann add amazing comedy as the Thenardier’s, working really well together. Charlie Hagen steals every moment as Gavroche, a wonderful young performer. This production also had one of the strongest ensembles I’ve ever seen.
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to see this touring production then you are in for an treat.