CentreStage’s production of iconic Les Misérables opens in Geelong to standing ovations and rave reviews

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CentreStage’s production of iconic Les Misérables opens in Geelong to standing ovations and rave reviews

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The local community has rallied around this epic tale of broken dreams, passion, and redemption set against a nation in the throes of revolution.

Local theatre lovers were gifted a truly mesmerising experience over the weekend with the opening of CentreStage‘s Les Misérables. 

Opening on Friday night and running shows on Saturday and Sunday, after two years of planning and COVID lockdowns, all shows were met with overwhelming amounts of praise and three incredible standing ovations.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here

Winner of over 100 international awards and seen by over 65 million people worldwide, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. This true modern classic is based on Victor Hugo’s novel and features one of the most memorable scores of all time.

In nineteenth-century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe that Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter. His worldview is shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean finally attains the peace that he has sought for so long.

Epic, grand and uplifting, Les Misérables packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. And while you might have seen it before, we’ve heard this is an absolute must-see!

Directed by Martin Croft of CentreStage, the production follows the Cameron Mackintosh/Royal Shakespeare Company version of the world’s most popular musical, one that was revised and reworked in 2019 to much acclaim.

Described as “tearjerking and passion levels were tweaked to new highs” by Entertainment Geelong’s Colin Mockett (read the full review here), locals have emerged from Costa Hall singing high praise for local talent across social media.

“Half the price of a Melbourne production and twice as good,” one attendee said.

“It was truly amazing. The quality of the cast and their voices were incredible. I have seen Les Mis many times and this was one of the best. Special mention to Daniel Lim as Gavroche- his performance brought us to tears,” another said.

“Absolutely brilliant. Amazing voices, emotional acting and I agree, Daniel Lim’s portrayal of Gavroche was outstanding and brought tears to us in his final scene. Fantine, Epononie, Marius, Javert and Jean Valjean were played to perfection. Special mention to Sabrina Horne in the ensemble team…you slayed it!!

“From start to finish, this production had me enthralled! Unbelievable orchestra, complimenting the singers on stage.”

“I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again for the people in the back. Talent in Geelong is OUTSTANDING, musical theatre in Geelong is not for amateurs.”

It’s hard to argue with that. Congratulations to all involved.

Les Miserables is onstage for five more performances with tickets available from the Geelong Arts Centre. You won’t want to miss this.

Upcoming Performances

Wed, 08 Jun 202207:30pm
Thu, 09 Jun 202207:30pm
Fri, 10 Jun 202207:30pm
Sat, 11 Jun 202201:30pm
Sat, 11 Jun 202207:30pm
Purchase tickets here

The Cast Of Les Misérables

Jean Valjean – Nick Addison
Javert – Shaun Kingma
Fantine – Erin Cornell
Eponine – Shani Clarke
Cosette – Jessica Faulkner
Enjolras – Samuel Allsop
Marius – Storm Randall
Thenardier – Barry Mitchell
Madame Thenardier – Michele Marcu
Little Cosette – Jessie Grinter and Samarah Parker
Young Eponine – Zoe Baker and Evie Walsh
Gavroche – Emerson Hudson-Collins, Campbell Van Elst and Daniel Lim
Claquesous – Jack McPhail
Combeferre – Ashley Thompson
Feuilly – Bram Harris
Courfeyrac – Jack Barthel
The Bishop of Digne – Dan Eastwood
The Foreman + Fauchelevant – Michael Cunningham
Bamatabois – Ben McNaughton
Montparnasse – Joshua Vucicevic
Babet – Jett Sansom
Brujon – Bailey Mitrovski
Joly – Finn Jaques
Grantaire – Nelfio Di Marco
Lesgles – Kevin Chang
Jean Prouvaire – Rory Clark


Amy Whitfield
Ashleigh Nearn
Ava Davies
Ava Wiese
Bella Harper
Charlotte Charles
Cheryl Campbell
Ella Edwards
Jasmin Wilson
Jennifer Stirk
Jess Senftleben
Laura Williams
Leticia Bayliss
Louise Walter
Lucy Head
Lucy Martin
Marja Le Hunt
Murray Plowman
Ned White
Nicole Hickman
Paris Walsh
Paul Noonan
Rimon Abohaidar
Sabrina Horne
Sienna Campbell