Wednesday, September 06, 2006


"I have had my labour for my travail"

Brian Tesler once described "Les Miserables" to me as the only musical he's ever come out of humming the scenery. There's some of that about this production - my main feeling was relief that the 22 tonnes of set hadn't jammed, or killed an actor. The two half tents that waddled towards each other like a pair of mating Daleks made the audience laugh, but little else did. A talented cast was let down by the direction, the design didn't work, and Achilles was so out-matched by Hector that no referee would have allowed them into the same ring. The fight sequences were terrible. Maybe the critics will like it. I did not.

Personal Star Rating [out of five] *


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