Directors: James Powell and Laurence Connor
Design: Matt Kinley
Lighting: Paule Constable
Projection: 59 Productions
Sound: Mick Potter
Choreography: Mike Ashcroft
Cameron Mackintosh Productions
Project director: Leo Warner
With: Mark Grimmer
Video programmer: Jonathon Lyle
Lead animator: Peter Stenhouse
Assistant animator: Sam Kerridge
UK and European Tour, 2009-2010
London's longest-running musical has been redesigned and re-staged for this UK (and subsequently worldwide) tour. This all-new production includes scenographic projection throughout the show, all produced and implemented by Fifty Nine, based around beautiful original paintings and artwork by Victor Hugo.
'the creative team was asked to re-imagine the show and has done so, not least by adding more Hugo and, I think, more intensity...
Paris is transformed into towering slum buildings, below which citizens scurry like mice — but more than serviceable and, thanks to his use of film, much more so when Valjean carries his adopted daughter’s wounded lover through the Paris sewers or Javert throws himself deep through the misty air into a seething Seine.
... if I were asked which is better, this or Trevor Nunn and John Caird’s London staging, I would be hard put to answer.'
***** The Times
'This Les Mis is simply marvellous... As for the sets, they are amazingly effective, beautifully lit and make you think that you are watching characters from a giant painting come to life.
During the second act, a huge backdrop with projected images gives the impression that Valjean is walking for miles through the sewers with an unconscious Marius. It also adds impetus to the scene where Javert is standing on a bridge above the Seine... As far as I'm concerned, this is the best version.'