RECORD-breaking musical Les Misérables is being brought to the stage in Newbury by a company of young performers.
The Boublil and Schoenberg show will be performed at the Corn Exchange, Newbury, from January 21 to 23 by the UK’s largest musical theatre company, RARE Productions.
Written by French author Victor Hugo in 1862, the famous novel focuses on the people’s struggle against adversity in 19th-Century France.
The show’s assistant producer Sinead Gibson is looking forward to what her young company will bring to the show.
Sinead said: “I love being able to work with the next generation of young actors and actress.
“They are so imaginative and creative and often bring things to the table that you may never have expected or thought of yourself.
“Every cast member is different, so there is never a dull moment and it’s lovely to see them grow in confidence.”
She added: “Our casts are made up of young people aged eight to 21, but for Les Misérables the age range is younger at eight- to 19-years-old.
“Nerves will always play a part and aren’t always a bad thing so we try and turn those nerves into excitement.
“We always want to make sure the whole experience is fun and enjoyable as possible so if our cast members enjoy performing the songs, then they will be raring to get on stage.”
The show tells the story of how after being released from jail for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean becomes the mayor of a prosperous town and loving adoptive father, but in doing so violates his parole.
The novel then introduces Inspector Javert, whose pursuit of the former convict spans many years across a turbulent France.
Featuring the songs “I Dreamed A Dream”, “Bring Him Home”, “One Day More” and “On My Own”, the show has been seen by more than 70million people in 44 countries and is still breaking box office records.
Sinead said: “Les Misérables was the first RARE show I performed in so it will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Tickets cost £14.50 or £13 for concessions. Tickets for the matinee and evening Saturday performances are sold out, but there are still some seats available for the Thursday and Friday evening performances.
For more information or to book tickets, go to cornexchangenew.com or call 0845 521 8218.