Reviews have dropped for the new West End production of Les Misérables – what did the critics make of it?
Adapted from Victor Hugo’s novel, Les Misérables shares the epic tale of a man’s life journey through 18th century France and his struggle to live through the injustice and revolution of the time.
35 years after first premiering in London, a brand new production opened at the newly renamed and refurbished Sondheim Theatre (formerly the Queen’s Theatre) in December.
The new West End cast is led by Jon Robyns as Jean Valjean and Bradley Jaden as Javert.
Ian Hughes currently plays Thénardier, Carrie Hope Fletcher plays Fantine, Shan Ako plays Eponine, Josefina Gabrielle plays Madame Thénardier, Ashley Gilmour plays Enjolras, Lily Kerhoas plays Cosette with Harry Apps as Marius.
So what did the critics make of Les Misérables in 2020 at the Sondheim Theatre?
Les Misérables Sondheim Theatre reviews
Guardian – 5/5
“With a cast that never misses a note, the West End’s longest-running musical proves a haunting and thrilling inspiration” – Read the full review
The Telegraph – 5/5
“Some 35 years after it received its premiere (critics, sniffy at the time, have been forced to eat gateau d’humilité ever since), Les Misérables, bolstered in its urgency by topical tumult the world over, might once again be the hottest ticket in town” – Read the full review
Daily Mail – 5/5
“Laurence Connor and James Powell’s rendition of Boublil and Schonberg’s musical reinvention of Victor Hugo’s novel is an absolute blinder.” – Read the full review
The Evening Standard – 4/5
“All in all, Les Mis and the refurbished Sondheim feel fit for purpose for the next decade or three.” – Read the full review
The Stage – 4/5
“The world’s longest running musical returns to the West End in spectacular fashion” – Read the full review
The Times – 3/5
“Overlong and clunky, but there was much to admire in the performances” – Read the full review
Les Misérables plays at the Sondheim Theatre currently booking through to October 2020.
The standard performance schedule is Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm with Wednesday & Saturday matinees at 2:30pm.
Photo: Johan Persson