Am I officially the last person in Britain ever to have seen Les Misérables? It’s been a musical, a film and now there are plans to make it into a TV drama, but I only caught the West End production a week or so back.
You would be forgiven for thinking that a Francophile like me would have seen it years ago. In fact, I could have missed out for much longer if our friend Daisy had not invited us to see it with her for her 30th birthday.
We know Daisy through her mother, Jenny, who we have got to know and love on our holidays in south-west France. She is a painter who lives in the town of Castillonnès in Lot-et-Garonne.
We were flattered when Daisy invited us to join her – and were looking forward to a night out at the theatre. The show has been running in the West End since 1985, making it the world’s longest-running musical, apparently.
Damon’s a big fan of the music from the show already. He can often be heard accompanying Elaine Paige on I Dreamed a Dream and On My Own in the kitchen while he is cooking.
The third song of the show that’s worth a listen is Master of the House, a jocular ditty performed by the innkeepers. I can’t imagine EP has ever recorded that one!
The musical is, of course, based on a novel by Victor Hugo, originally published in 1862. I doubt I would be last person in Britain to get round to reading it, but I suspect I won’t be at the front of the queue either.
For now, the theatre production will have to do. Thanks for a great night, Daisy!