Les Misérables at the Arts Theatre – review

Les Miserables. New Mills Art Theatre. 5.12.23

The all-time favourite, Les Mis, is playing at The Arts Theatre in New Mills on 8 and 9 December. Bowden Theatre Works, headed by Natalie and Stewart Bowden, must be delighted with their production which features a cast aged five to 18.

Sheryl Haydock-Howorth has reviewed the performance and was impressed from the beginning.  The set was excellent and the barricade made by the stage crew work well and look very professional.  The costumes supplied by Molly Limpet looked great and added life to each character.

Taking on the role of Jean Valjean is Jake Hornsey and boy did he make this his own.  You could tell from the outset he was enjoying the part and proved his vocals were not only good but believable. He worked well with all his fellow actors and showed his skills in ageing towards the end.

Fantine played by Keira Lamb had a beautiful voice and was well cast in this role.  She was secure in her singing and her diction was excellent.

Lewis Moore as Javert had a strong and convincing character and sang Stars beautifully.  Well done to little Cosette, played by Annabel Clark, who charmed us with such clarity as she sang Castle on a Cloud.  Equally as good was Cosette when she was older played by Lily Stafford, she achieved all the high notes required with ease and her characterisation was lovely and convincing. She was well matched with Isaac McElroy as Marius who had a beautiful voice and together the pair acted their scenes well together, very convincing throughout.  Isaac Fletcher-Shaw has come a long way since he played Kurt in Sound of Music.  This young man’s voice is maturing nicely and he handled the role of Enjolras with conviction and determination.

Jess Camilleri as Eponine was well chosen for this role; she proved to be strong in the role, held her own in the trio and died with conviction in her vocals. Great acting.

Ross Provart and Isabel Fletcher-Shaw as the comedy duo the Thénardiers stole the show.  Their comedy timing was spot on and never once did they come out of character.  A huge well done to the ensemble who sang the hearts out and proved to be the backbone of the show.  They acted well and gave their all.

Overall there were some lovely touches in the show and I am sure if you get to see it you will agree that this was a huge gamble, to take on such an iconic show with such a young but very talented cast.  Congratulations to you all both on stage backstage, lighting and sound, make up and dressers you have achieved what you set out to do, entertain. 

There is still time to book tickets for Friday, Saturday Matinee and Saturday Evening.

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