Les Miserables is the story of the power struggle between Jean Valean and the Police Inspector Javert over a period of 20 years. Jean Valjean is released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang and finds that the yellow ticket-of-leave he must, by law, display condemns him to be an outcast, forcing him to seek refuge with the Bishop of Digne. Caught stealing silver, Valjean is spared from further imprisonment by the Bishop, who lies for him and sends him on his way. Javert is determined to catch the man who has violated his parole, so as Valjean finds new success under a new name he continually comes close to the hands of Javert, whilst another revolution constantly looms over the city of Paris…..Read more
1999-2000 | Queen's Theatre Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Alan Bennett has a very unusual neighbour. Parked at the bottom of his garden is a van. With a lady in it.
Miss Shepherd is a curious and enigmatic lady. Alan knows very little about her. She used to drive ambulances in the war, might have been a nun, sells pencils and pamphlets and has an unexplained aversion to piano music.
But somehow she lives in the playwright’s garden and has done for years.Read more
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