REVIEW: Les Misérables - Hartismere School

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Over the years, musical productions at Hartismere School have reached great heights, largely due to their inspiring director of music, Sarah-Jane Bullock.

It was sad news to hear that she will be retiring at the end of the summer term, after 28 years at Eye, and that their latest spring production, Les Misérables, would be her last.

They say you should ‘end on a high’, and this must certainly be a jewel in the crown,

Set in 19th-century France, the story relates to Jean Valjean, a peasant on his quest for redemption after serving 19 years in jail.

He decides to break parole and start his life anew but is relentlessly tracked by Police Inspector Javert. He is swept into a revolutionary period where a group of young idealists make their last stand.

With so much talent through the entire cast it is impossible to single out individual performances. The 24 songs were rendered with emotion that was transmitted to the audience, provoking prolonged applause. All in all, a most entertaining and memorable evening.

JANET CHAMBERS