Theatre review: Les Miserables at The Wilde Theatre, Bracknell
Barrie Theobald • Published 13 Mar 2013 06:30 0 Comments
Les Misérables is possibly the world's most popular musical and professional productions continue to attract large audiences world-wide with no sign of it being released for performance by amateur societies. This year has seen the release of the long-awaited film version of the show, to heighten interest in the storyline.
For some years, however, an edited version of the show has been available to schools and youth groups and Starmaker Theatre Company jumped at the opportunity to again present the show as part of their twenty-fifth anniversary year. And a very commendable production it was, too.
Outstanding performances by Matthew Harcourt (Valjean), David Wallace (Javert) and Noella Doran (Éponine) headed the cast as Victor Hugo's classic tale unfolded. The dark tones of the storyline were lifted by excellent support from Matthew Snape and Rachel Warrick-Clarke as the Thenardiers and the love interest was portrayed by Henry Bearman (Marius) and Ashleigh Payne (Cosette).
Whilst Anton Gwilt occasionally allowed his orchestra to overpower the singers, he certainly knew how to get the best from his talented young cast and Dave Savage, Starmakers' Chairman for their whole twenty-five years existence, skilfully directed the production.
This article appeared in Bracknell News 13 Mar 13