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Les Misérables performance interrupted by brief on-stage fire

A little fall of rain may have done them a world of good

Les Misérables
Les Misérables
© Matthew Murphy
Do you hear the people singe?

The touring production of Les Misérables had a small hitch last night in Cardiff when the barricade accidentally caught fire.

According to reports from the auditorium, one of the musical's stars, playing Javert, accidentally lit a small part of the set on fire while holding a flaming brand during the show's famous revolution scene.

The incident caused a show stop of nearly 10 minutes as the fire was quickly and efficiently put out and damage was assessed. After this the performance continued.

Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's musical, adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo, opened on tour in late 2018, with the West End production about to re-open the refurbished Sondheim Theatre. The newer 2009 staging of the production will be performed in the space.

According to social media, audiences enjoyed the spontaneous pyrotechnics:

— Helena Williams (@Rafaela99) December 16, 2019

— Pond (@shoshannanana) December 17, 2019

— Sionz (@x_Sionz_x) December 16, 2019