A while ago I went to see Les Mis at the theatre in London with a friend, and it was absolutely epic! I’d previously seen the movie, and a film of the stage production. The production I saw on the film used a giant stage and it seemed to only be semi acted as there was a row of microphones along the front of the stage which the actors used.
However, I saw it at the Queen’s theatre which has a much smaller stage so the staging of it was quite different and quite brilliant! The stage floor had a giant circle that took up most of the stage. It was used not only to add more movement to the production, but to enhance the swiftness of the set changes which were really quite nifty. The set itself was very good with big pieces being used for different purposes when they were laid on their sides (The big set pieces used for the slums in Paris with Marius were placed horizontally to become the barricade later on!).
The costumes and props were great and the use of the lighting and gunshot sound effects made it very atmospheric and realistic.
I loved the fact that it wasn’t a copy of the film, it had little things that were different and the actors and actresses all brought something new to the play. The actress who played Eponine (Carrie Hope Fletcher) was particularly stunning, she had an incredible voice and stage presence.
I would definitely recommend it, even if you have seen the film, it is a different experience to siting in a cinema, and well worth the while.