Sneak Preview Review: LES MISERABLES

by Lynn on March 20, 2018

in The Passionate Playgoer




At the Theatre Centre, Toronto, Ont.

Adapted by Michele Smith and Dean Gilmour in collaboration with the company.

From the novel by Victor Hugo

Directed by Michele Smith

Set and costumes by Victoria Wallace

Sound by Johnny Hockin

Lighting by Simon Rossiter

Projection design by Elisa Julia Gilmour

Cast: Mac Fyfe

Dean Gilmour

Nina Gilmour

Benjamin Muir

Daniel Roberts

Diana Tso

Theatre Smith-Gilmour works its usual magic by distilling Victor Hugo’s mammoth novel, “Les Misérables,” to its essence:  about life, liberty, being a slave to the law, following one’s conscience and righting injustice.

The company, lead by the always compelling Dean Gilmour as Jean Valjean among others, play multiple parts, create the sweep and life in France from 1815 to 1832 culminating in  the Paris rebellion in 1832, and convincingly realize the frenzied charging of the barricades, all with a cast of just six actors

Michele Smith directs this with attention to the smallest detail and the largest ideas. We are quickly, smoothly drawn into this huge story. How special is that?

Full review shortly.

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