Les Miserables, Rotherham Civic
From the moment the orchestra struck up I thought we were in for a good night and I wasn’t wrong.
Ash White’s production for Steps was fantastic and, together with the 18-piece orchestra under the direction of Matt Symonds and Becky Lancashire’s choreography, this was a surefire hit.
The youngsters, aged seven to 19, gave a professional performance and managed to enjoy themselves.
The part of Jean Valjean is not easy but Steve Maycock made it his own, resulting in applause after each song, especially Bring Him Home.
Valjean decides to look after the young Fantine (Bethan Griffiths). There would have been some very misty eyes when she sang I Dreamed a Dream.
Javert (Joshua Paget) played his role to the full, from the moment he releases Valjean to his final bow. His rendition of Stars was perfect.
The part of young Gavroche was in the more than capable hands of Aaron Wilde. His cheeky smile and little demonic ways were great. Gracie Malloy as the young Cosette performed Castle on a Cloud to the full. She lived in the shadow of Eponine (Cara Staniforth) but was able to overcome her barriers.
Abbie Martin as the older Cosette falls in love with Marius, played to perfection by Sam Hague, who is also pursued by Eponine, played beautifully by Sam Shirtliffe. When they joined forces for Heart full of Love, the audience were intent on every word and note.
Kaine Ruddach, as student army leader Enjolras, gave a very convincing performance.
The comedy was delivered to the full by Katie Symonds and Martin Farthing as the Thenardiers.
Thank you Steps for a great evening’s entertainment.