Review Round-up: Barbican Brings Les Mis Home
The new version is directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell and designed by Matt Kinley, inspired by the works of Victor Hugo and John Napier. Original costumes are by Andreane Neofitou, lighting by Paule Constable and sound by Mick Potter.
The tour cast is led by John Owen-Jones and Earl Carpenter as the persecuted Jean Valjean and his policeman nemesis Javert (both men have previously played the same roles in the West End), as well as pop idol Gareth Gates as Marius.
Its run at the Barbican, which continues to 2 October, marks the first time that two productions of the same musical have run in the same city at the same time. And just to make sure punters get their full Les Mis fix, a star-studded concert will be held at the O2 Arena on 3 October.