Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Les Misérables in the West End Review



Yesterday, my dad and I went to see Les Misérables in London's West End. I am a huge musical theatre fan and so it was about time to see one of the longest running West End shows (they've been playing for 30 years!). I have been waiting to see this musical for years, and it definitely didn't disappoint!

We had tickets in the Stalls, which were a little bit pricey at £66.25. However, it was totally and completely worth it! Out seats (G24 and G25) were so close to the stage, you could see absolutely everything and has to be one of the best seats I've ever sat in.



Usually, I choose to go and see the more dance-based musicals, such as Billy Elliot, Legally Blonde or Cats. This is because of being a dancer myself; I seem to connect more to this type of musical. But Les Misérables is something special and has undeniably ignited my love for more singing/acting-based musicals.

The theatre itself was incredible; the Queen's Theatre is a cozy feeling venue, with amazing acoustics. And with its location being on Shaftesbury Avenue, it is so easily accessible.


Me in my seat - before the theatre got busy!
The cast was perfect and so incredible; their voices were beautiful, they completely filled the theatre and really made you feel their emotion throughout each and every song. A highlight of the show had to be Carrie Hope Fletcher's rendition of On My Own; you literally could hear a pin drop as the theatre was filled with so many captivated audience members. I even managed to meet Carrie Hope Fletcher before she went into the theatre to get ready for the show.

The amazing Carrie Hope Fletcher
The actors were led by the orchestra who played the fantastic score exceptionally well. Every time one of the 'big songs' (e.g. I Dreamed a Dream or On My Own) was sung, I had huge Goosebumps! There was so many moments that I felt like crying. A single musical has never moved me so much as Les Misérables did. It was so mind-blowing that pretty much everyone was on his or her feet for a standing ovation at the end.

The Orchestra Pit and The Stage
The sets were also impressive, by using a revolving circle the scene transitions became so seamless and was extremely clever. 

I was so engrossed by the story itself; I basically sat on the edge of my seat throughout! Although it was so sad (because of it being set during the French Revolution, where most people's lives were really grim) it still managed to make you feel inspired. This was because of the compelling roller coaster of emotions that the show makes you feel; it was extremely moving and powerful!


Les Misérables is a show that I would come back to repeatedly without a doubt; I really can't say enough good things about the show, and cannot recommend it enough. It definitely is a MUST see musical!

Let me know if you've ever seen the show and your thoughts; if not let me know what your favourite musical is in the comments below. Thank you for reading this post!

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