This Wednesday, I went to see Les Miserables at the Queen’s theatre in London and it was brilliant. As the program points out, it is not exactly a likely candidate for a West End hit; it is called ‘The Miserables’, it is about the French Revolution, there are no less than twenty-nine on-stage deaths, and even though there’s a wedding at the end, it is followed almost immediately by another death, dramatised by a very sad song. But it is brilliant. It has a soul, and the battle cry of the revolutionaries is impossible to resist.
Les Misérables reminds us that we are each part of the same human family, and that whatever our outward differences may be, our longings for individual liberty and peace are the same.
It was just so good. I am obsessed with the Les Mis soundtrack, and was especially excited because Carrie Hope Fletcher, who plays Eponine, is a YouTuber who I have watched for a long time. She is an amazing singer, and her videos are full of hope and love and just, happiness. After playing young Eponine when she was a little girl, being cast as grown-up Eponine was a dream come true for her. (She did a video on it, here)
People say that you should never meet your heroes, but this is probably because if you’re anything like me, you will cry uncontrollably and then your sister will laugh and photograph your little damp face while you tearfully make your way back to the underground station clutching a signed ticket and the remains of your dignity. Probably.
Carrie was so nice, I turned into a complete child and didn’t know what to say to her or what to do, Abi found it hilarious but I was just so happy – she signed my ticket and we got a photo, total fan girl and I’m not sorry 😉
If you haven’t listened to the Les Mis soundtrack, or seen the film, please please do, you will not regret it.
DO YOU HEAR THE PEOPLE SING, SINGING THE SONG OF ANGRY MEN, THIS IS THE MUSIC OF THE PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT BE SLAVES AGAAAAIIIINNN…