I always love making return visits to Les Miserables at the Queen's Theatre. My 12th visit to the legendary musical was no exception. It was great to see Les Miserables with the company of my friends. I sat in the back stalls and despite the dress circle overhang the view was OK. However I don't mind because of already have seen the musical a number of times. Les Miserables explores the social issues of what the everyday people faced during the French Revolution and how some fought for what they felt were right whether it was politically, morally and socially.
Me with Simon Shorten (Understudy Jean Valjean) at Queens Theatre's Stage Door
I was delighted to have learnt beforehand that Simon Shorten, a former Phantom understudy, was to play Jean Valjean. My wish to see Simon in an iconic role came true. I do regret not seeing him as Phantom when he was in the show but very glad to have seen him as Valjean on this occasion. He did a great Valjean and performed the role extremely well. I would love to see him in a principal role and hope he deservedly gets casted some day.
Me with Tam Mutu (Javert) at Queens Theatre Stage Door, London
Tam Mutu, as always, was incredible and his performance reconfirmed him as my favourite Javert (as well as my favourite Love Never Dies Phantom!). He has such a powerful stage presence in the show and he has grown and thrived in the role since seeing him in November 2012 (Please see my blog on that visit). As always I adored Stars and the confrontation between him and Simon (Valjean) was incredible!
Me with Wendy Ferguson (Madame Thenardier) at Queens Theatre Stage Door, London
Wendy Ferguson must now be my favourite Madame Thenardier...In fact the best I've seen! She was very entertaining and I never laughed so much in Les Mis! Wendy and Cameron Blakely (Thenardier) were in their element! I now have fond memories of seeing her in Les Miserables as well as her Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera.