Youngsters to star in Les Miserables stage show

Some of the cast of Les Miserables in rehearsal
Some of the cast of Les Miserables in rehearsal

French revolutionary musical Les Miserables is to return to the county this week.

Parts of the hit film version of the musical, itself an adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, were filmed at Boughton House, near Kettering.

Now a stage production featuring young actors who have proved themselves on the West End stage and in local theatre is coming to Raunds.

The youth production of the play is the first ever one to be hosted by the Raunds Arts Group.

Peter Wathen, chairman of the group, said: “It’s going to be great, we have a lot of young, quality actors in our cast and it will be a great show, it will be a real spectacle.

“We have a professional director and sound director so it will have all the effects of Les Mis in London, just on a smaller scale.”

The show begins on Tuesday July 16 and runs until Saturday July 20 at Saxon Hall in Raunds. The shows will be at 7.30pm and there will be a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday.

The youth production is made of a cast of 46 youngsters aged from eight to eighteen, with the young actors coming from Raunds and surrounding areas in the county.

The director is Peter Darnell who has directed a number of plays.

Mr Wathen said the show will be a great night and added that anybody who is a fan of musicals will enjoy it.

He added: “We will be putting tiered seating around the stage so people can get a real view of it.”

A number of the cast in the show are from Genesis Theatre Schools, or part of Genesis Agency - including Ryan Ollett, who plays the part of Javert, John Lowery, who plays the part of Thenadier, Elliott Griffiths, who plays the part of Marius, and Jasmine Bayes, who plays the part of Eponine.

Sara Charles, co-principal of the school said: “I am extremely proud that so many pupils trained in Genesis Theatre Schools and who are on the Agency have got the main parts in the production of Les Miserables performed by the Raunds Art Group this week.”

Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased by calling the box office on 07530934574.