Les Miserables: The Staged Concert opened at the Gielgud theatre in August 2019. The Queens Theatre had to be closed for renovations so Cameron Mackintosh decided to put on this concert version at the theatre next door with a stellar cast. I went to see it recently and was amazed at how powerful a concert version could be in a small theatre.
Alfie Boe took on the role of Jean Valjean but this was taken at some performances, and the one I attended, by John Owen Jones. It is a role he is very familiar with and was, as always, quite brilliant and exceptionally moving. Michael Ball played Javert and was quite simply a revelation. I have never seen Javert’s breakdown and suicide played better by anyone. The mischievous Thenardiers were played by Matt Lucas and Katy Secombe and they threw in a range of witty asides which had the audience roaring with laughter. Aside from the main characters the standout performance for me was Bradley Jaden who played Enjolras with great revolutionary fervour and fantastic voice.
It was, indeed, a memorable evening. The concert is on until 30th November, after which the new production will move next door to the newly renamed Sondheim Theatre.