28 Jan A not so Misérables evening
After almost a decade away from the city, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boublil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables is back at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Set in the 19th Century, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a recently released convict who has spent the last 19 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving nephew. Struggling to make his way in the world, with his criminal record hanging over his head he creates a new identity after some guidance from a priest.
Many years later in Paris after an unknowingly allowing single mother Fantine to be cast out from his workhouse, Jean vows to rescue her daughter Cosette from the awful family she has been living with. When Fantine dies he fulfils this promise and takes her daughter from the Thénardier family and raises her as his own.
Many more years later Cosette falls in love with a young lawyer called Marius who is part of the revolutionists. When Marius is injured at the barricade Jean carries him to safety, returning him to his family and Cosette. Still shamed by his past, Jean struggles to tell Cosette the truth about her life. Only after Cosette and Marius get married, when Jean is on his deathbed is he finally able to tell them about his life and finds peace.
This show opens with a bang; from the moment it beings you’re hooked and taken on a rollercoaster of emotions that have you laughing out loud one minute and crying the next. From the incredible sets and visual effects to breathtaking songs, this musical really captures the audience from the get-go and doesn’t let up until the final note.
By popular demand, this iconic tale is set to return to Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2020 and is not one to be missed!