In a 182 year old theatre in the heart of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Les Misérables, the Broadway spectacular by Cameron Mackintosh fills the stage. Running from 15th August to the 5th October 2019 this is the first time I’ve had a chance to see Les Misérables in the North East so of course, I jumped at the opportunity.
I had booked tickets at the end of last year, a surprise gift for my Mum. We had tickets in the Grand Circle at the Theatre Royal with a great view.
A use of screen projection, lighting and acting bought the opening scene to life as the curtains raised. The classic ‘Look Down’ filling the theatre, a harsh mood was created as prisioners work tirelessly at the docks.
The audience is quickly taken through Jean Val Jean’s life as he escapes bail. We see him shunned, then steal from a priest-the turning point in questioning faith in humanity.
Before long we have met Fantine and learn of her daughter Cozette, their voices echoing throughout as they make promises to care for her in the poignant ‘Come To Me‘.
The cast is strong. Effortless in song and incredibly believable. We believe their love, heartache and promise for a better tomorrow.
The pub landlord scene a welcome lighthearted amusement, ‘Master Of The House’ truly one of the most catchy songs of the ensemble score.
Cozette and Gavroche are remarkable in both their acting and singing abilities and truly stand out in their performances throughout.
Regarding accessibility at the Newcastle Theatre Royal, there is disabled access to the buliding and a lift to all floors. The lift however was overwhelmed on the day of our performance, which led to a slight delay in the performance start time (the staff did ensure that all ticket holders made it to their seats first). There are specific wheelchair spaces which can be booked for performances also the staff are aware that some wheelchair users transfer to theatre seats and in this case store your wheelchair during the performance, bringing it back to you when needed. Find more on Acessibility at Newcastle Theatre Royal here.
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