It’s time to man Les Mis barricades!

Pictured on the Les Miserables set, are Callum Roberts (who plays Gavroche) with his sidekicks Isaac Clarkson and Toby Wheadon
Pictured on the Les Miserables set, are Callum Roberts (who plays Gavroche) with his sidekicks Isaac Clarkson and Toby Wheadon

The Hippodrome Theatre in Halifax Road, Todmorden, is a hive of activity as the finishing touches are being put in place ready for the global phenomenon Les Miserables hitting the stage next week.

Audiences have an absolute treat in store with amazing costumes, wonderful live orchestra and a set worthy of the West End.

As always at the Hippodrome volunteers have been putting in hours sewing costumes, designing the lighting and painstakingly piecing together the barricade.

The cast, made up entirely of local children aged between 11 and 17, have been rehearsing since September and are now ready to tell this powerful story.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo and considered one of the greatest 19th century novels, it took on a new life in 1980 when the story was first performed as a musical, running more or less continuously in London since its first performance there in 1985, having been translated into English from the original French lyrics.

The story follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.

Les Miserables is staged at the theatre from December 3 to 7 every evening at 7.15pm. Please take note of the earlier starting time.

Tickets are available at www.todhip.org or by calling the box office on 0844 8700 887. Tickets can also be bought in person at Todmorden Tourist Information Centre.