Les Miserables – here at last!

A sell-out production of the world’s best-loved musical sees 73 students from Barton Peveril and local schools storming the barricades at Theatre Royal, Winchester from 25 – 27 June.

Barton Peveril College's production of Les Miserables.

Barton Peveril College’s production of Les Miserables.

Les Misérables needs little introduction and the school edition of the show packs a punch every bit as powerful as the original, remaining faithful to its spirit and songs in a tour de force for young actors.

Barton Peveril won the Daily Echo Curtain Call Best Youth Ensemble Award for its 2014 production of Cabaret. This latest offering continues the college’s tradition of staging a major end of year musical in a professional theatre environment.

Sharing the stage with students from across the college are 18 pupils from Kings’, Wyvern, Swanmore, Wildern and Thornden secondary schools together with three younger actors from Horndean Junior, Halterworth and Whiteley primaries. Music is provided by a 20 piece orchestra backed by an equal number of production team and crew.

Praising the cast’s commitment throughout six months of rehearsals, director Gemma Witcomb said: “The casting process was so exciting and the final decisions were some of the hardest we’ve ever had: the sheer volume of passionate, talented students auditioning for each part was astounding.

“Tickets sold out two months in advance and we had to open up the final dress rehearsal to meet demand. Les Mis inspires a deep and enduring love in so many people!”