SOLD OUT! – RGS Drama’s Les Misérables wows a packed Concert Hall
This week saw the hotly anticipated production of Les Misérables, performed in-the-round in front of an appreciative, sell-out audience. The action was moved from revolutionary France to the present day, bringing the play’s themes of political protest, oppression and revolution right up to date. The Concert Hall was transformed into a graffitti-covered concrete bunker, in which over 120 students of the cast, crew and orchestra delighted audiences and brought them to tears with the story of the episodic life of Jean Valjean (Archie C) and his constant quest to evade capture by Javert (Sam K). Eibhlin G was spell-binding as Eponine, whose love for Guy G’s Marius is unrequited, as he only has eyes for Freya M’s enchanting Cosette. Marius also gets involved in the revolutionary plans of his friends, including Josh H as Enjolras, which can only end in trouble. Lauren K moved the audience to tears as Cosette’s mother Fantine, whose death leaves the child in the care of the menacing and hilarious Thénardiers (Caspar M and Louisa G). Tom W was touching and cheeky as Gavroche.
The week-long run included special performances for GCSE & and Level Drama students, a matinee attended by the entire First Form and some students from Reigate School, a community matinee and also a special reunion performance, where the audience included twenty members of the cast and crew of the 2005 RGS production. After being interrupted by a fire alarm on the opening night, the play went from strength to strength, as audience after audience enjoyed the brilliant orchestral playing (conducted by Mr Evans), live fire, explosions, fights, weddings, battles and, of course, brilliant singing throughout. Miss Branston put together a true ensemble piece, and it will live long in the memory of all who saw it.