The iconic Les Misérables is sweeping onto the Brisbane stage.
Can you hear the people sing?
You soon will, because Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical Les Misérables is set to play at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre this November.
The production scooped the pool at the 2015 Helpmann Awards, winning in five categories including Best Musical, Best Male Actor in a Musical, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical, Best Lighting Design and Best Sound Design.
This new production of the much-loved blockbuster features glorious modernised staging, orchestrations and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo.
According to actor Chris Durling, you might think you know the show — but you’ve never seen it like this.
“I play the role of Enjolras, one of the hardest names to pronounce in the show,” he laughs. “I’m the leader of the students who are rebelling on the streets of Paris and fighting for freedom and democracy.
“Anyone who has seen Les Mis in the past might think they know what to expect. But I feel like modern audiences expect a bit more in terms of the visuals and sounds.
“Our new show design has these projections that recreate Les Mis author Victor Hugo’s work. There’s surround sound so it feels like bullets are flying around the theatre. The effects are really cool. This new production is really fresh with a lot of exciting new elements.”
Euan Doidge, who plays the dashing Marius, says the show is a mixture of heroism and true love.
“The role of Marius has been played by so many incredible people around the world, so taking on the part was quite challenging,” he says. “But it’s also really exciting. It’s a beautiful story that I get to share every night.
“The plot is quite dark and a lot of people die but my character experiences this great love. It’s something people really enjoy about the show.
“The story was made for the stage. It’s so visual and seeing it live makes a world of difference.”
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century revolutionary France, Les Misérables is the world’s longest running musical and has been seen by more than 70 million people worldwide in 42 countries and in 22 languages.
Les Misérables will play at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre from 10 November. Visit qpac.com.au for more information.