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A standing ovation greeted performers as the final curtain fell on Les Miserables at the Garrick – and well deserved it was. The extremely talented Lichfield Garrick Youth Theatre never fails to please and this lavish production was no exception. Les Miserables is not an easy show to perform, but principals and chorus, orchestra and back-stage crews proved they were well up to the task. The sheer enthusiasm of the performers made it a memorable evening full of moving portrayals and outstanding singing. Matthew Browne as Jean Valjean and Chris Buckle as Javert gave commanding performances. Jessica Long, making her debut with LGYT, as Fantine, was just wonderful – long may she stay with the group. Abigail Tong proved what a versatile actress she is, taking on the role of Eponine and Jon Barakat showed great maturity playing Marius, alongside Lucy Charnock as Cosette. The comedy in the show was left in the very capable hands of Sarah Berriman and Shane Harper as the innkeepers. Their energetic escapades were absolutely superb. These performers were well supported by Michael Manser as political radical Enjolrus, with Will Stevenson as the drunkard Grantaire, the amusing antics of Kingsley James as the boy Gavroche and the delightful Emma Charnock as the Young Cosette. The Ensemble was particularly outstanding in this production, along with a top flight orchestra. Everyone is to be congratulated, including Musical Director Oliver Rowe, Production Director Julie Mallaband and choreographer Sarah Berriman. Thank you LGYT for another fantastic production. The show runs until Saturday – get tickets if you can from the Garrick box office on 01543 412121 or online at