Les Miserables

Knowing that we were staying a few nights in London, I booked tickets to see Les Miserables in the West End. We decided to see one of our favourite musicals again, rather than something new, and it came down to a toss up between Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. In the end, Les Mis edged out the Phantom because it really is our all time favourite show.

We took an Uber to Shaftesbury Avenue, and found a great Indian restaurant that only served small tapas-like dishes for a quick dinner before the show. The Queen’s Theatre is one of the oldest in the theatre precinct, and unfortunately there was not a lot of leg room in our upper circle seats. It was a full house tonight, so we were packed in like sardines. But once the show began, any thought of discomfort was completely forgotten.

What can I say about Les Mis that hasn’t already been said. It is a great story of revolutionary France, it has lots of colour, great characters, fantastic songs and many memorable moments. We loved it, just as much, if not more than the production we had seen in Melbourne. It’s an extraordinary show.

There was a crush of bodies in the streets around the theatre at the end of the show, as all of the nearby musicals were ending at similar times and all of the patrons were spilling out onto the sidewalks. By some miracle, the Uber driver found us in the midst of all that humanity. He had a bit of fun weaving through all the pedestrians around the theatres, but eventually found a way to cut through it all and bring us home to our Shoreditch apartment.

One comment

  1. I am an obsessed six-year Les Mis fan. A love that began with the movie all because I gave that film a 2nd chance.

    Seen the stage show in three cities every other year. 2013 was when I saw it in my hometown of Charlotte at Central Piedmont Community College three times- 1st with family and twice as an usher. 2015 was in London in July with an understudy as Jean Valjean- that was my dream. 2017 was in Greenville during the US Tour with an understudy as Eponine. Now its 2019- I can possibly have the chance to see the US Tour in my hometown when the US Tour goes back to Charlotte (still don’t know if that is going to happen).

    Crazy how it is showing up like that.

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