Les Miserables – What a Treat!


Happy sigh.  What an incredible time we all had in London on Saturday.  Back in April we had bought tickets to go and see Les Miserables in the West End to celebrate Charlotte reading Hugo Victor’s book by the same name.  It would be an early 14th birthday present for the twins and an early 15th birthday present for Thomas.  And to say we were all excited would be an understatement.  There was much merriment on the journey up, especially with Gary and I doing our utmost to embarrass our teens.  Very soon they will not want to be seen with us in public!  That said, we did all have a huge amount of fun 🙂

When we arrived the queue was so long it doubled back on itself.  Fortunately it wasn’t raining and it was lovely to be out in London soaking in the atmosphere of the West End.  And it gave me the opportunity to take a photo or two 🙂


Once in, Thomas was delighted (again, another understatement) to be sat right next to the sound desk:


I was surprised he was able to keep his attention on the stage performance.  Every time I looked he was watching the technician.  After it had finished he must have spent twenty minutes questioning her about the path she took to become whatever she was (music technician?  I don’t really know what they are called).

This was my fourth time going to see Les Mis and it did not disappoint!  It was incredibly special to be sharing it with my children and Gary and I think we all felt that this was something we would like to repeat at least once a year.  Charlotte, bless her, was completely overwhelmed by the whole experience and kept thanking us for taking her over and over again 🙂  The whole performance was very moving, and our seats, whilst limited view seats, were excellent and we only missed the very top of the battle scenes.  Like I said, definitely something we all want to repeat.  Maybe Phantom next?


  1. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. I highly recommend seeing Phantom. I saw it 10 years ago with my bestfriend and it’s still, hands down, my favourite show!

  2. Wonderful! So pleased you all enjoyed it. I love that Thomas was able to talk to the sound lady! We’d love to go to Les Mis but I keep being put off by the cost. You’ve reminded me that we can still have a great time in limited view seats! I hope you were feeling better for it. Have a fab week, Claire!

  3. My husband is a theatre technician – Thomas is welcome to email us if he has more questions. Les Mis is my favourite west end show, but Phantom and Miss Saigon are also great!

  4. I remember going with my grandmother and grandfather to see Phantom; it was an amazing couple of days. We stayed with family right outside New York and took the train in. We spent the day shopping and eating and checking out Manhattan before heading in to see the show. It was definitely a time I’ll never forget! Sounds like you all had an equally unforgettable time.

  5. What a wonderful time. They are called sound engineers in America. I have seen Les Miserables 3 times and loved it each time. Now we own the movie and my kids know the songs by heart. I am so glad you had such a special time with you teens and hubby.
    Blessings, Dawn

  6. Having been a drama major in college, I think there is nothing better than a good show!

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