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2019 Dramatic Society production confirmed as iconic French novel Les Misérables

2019 Dramatic Society production confirmed as iconic French novel Les Misérables

Rydal Penrhos’ Dramatic Society will take on one of the greatest novels in history for their next production.

Head of Sixth Form Leah Crimes, Director of Music Pete Williams and teacher Richard Davies revealed the news to prospective cast members on Friday, October 5, with the aspiring performing artists set to take the stage for the iconic musical Les Misérables.

Auditions will take place in the coming weeks to determine specific lead parts for the performance, and a large number of younger members of the school community will also be contributing significantly as members of the chorus.

The latest Dramatic Society showcase follows on from the hugely successful Annie the Musical, which was held over three sold-out evenings in 2017.

Les Misérables is a French historical novel by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, that is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century.

Beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, the novel follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.

Examining the nature of law and grace, the novel elaborates upon the history of France, the architecture and urban design of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, antimonarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love.

Les Misérables has been popularised through numerous adaptations for film, television and the stage, including a musical, with the big screen adaptation starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne widely regarded as one of the best cinematic experiences of all time.

Ticket information and performance dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

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