Les Miserables Reviews at London’s Sondheim Theatre
After three decades of continuous performances in the West End, Les Miserables has finally returned to London. Jon Robyns, Bradley Jaden and Carrie Hope Fletcher star in Boubil and Schönberg’s epic musical, telling the story of Jean Valjean as he pursues a new life in revolutionary France. Be swept up in the epic drama and powerful, rousing songs including “I Dreamed a Dream”, “On My Own”, “Bring Him Home” and “One Day More” that will make you want to join the barricade! See what the critics had to say in these Les Miserables reviews, as well as your own opinions and book your Les Miserables tickets now.
Les Miserables Reviews
What did the critics say about Les Miserables?
“Another fantastic chapter in West End history has been gloriously (re)written, with not one but two spectacular reinventions… There’s a welcome sense of continuity from past to present versions, but it is also given a fresh 21st-century inventiveness. The show remains a thrilling triumph. Here’s to the next 35 years, as it looks set to become The Mousetrap of musical theatre; but unlike that murder mystery, there’s hardly any mystery to why it’s such an enduring success.”
“Prepare for a fresh outbreak of Les Mis mania. In bringing the £200 million refurbishment of his eight theatres, which began in 2004, to a rousing finale with the opening of the Sondheim – producer Cameron Mackintosh has created a playhouse so beautiful it’s an attraction in its own right.”
“For all the poetic power of the staging, it’s the singing we’ve come for – and there’s not a missed note all night. Schönberg’s soaring score sweeps the audience away. Jon Robyns mesmerises as Valjean, the ex-prisoner who cannot outrun his fate. His voice has great depth, strength and tenderness. When Valjean sits among the barricades and sings that most delicate of songs, Bring Him Home, the theatre holds its breath.”
“With new direction, new set, the addition of projections and new lighting, the whole thing’s grittier and sexier – and to be honest, it was nice to see life breathed into the old workhorse. There are so many little human moments that would have been swallowed up in the previous version, and they’ve also tried to get under the skin of these characters a bit more. They feel more real, and less like archetypes.”
“The through-sung score, with its tum-te-tum rhythms and recurring motifs, moves from rousing anthems to passionate, spotlit declarations of love and loss. The tavern and brothel scenes blend comedy and brutality in a way that seems to have gone through political incorrectness and come out the other side to reflect harsh reality. All in all, Les Mis and the refurbished Sondheim feel fit for purpose for the next decade or three.”