Les Misérables comes to Theatre Royal, Norwich
PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:40 11 March 2020
A dream role for Dean Chisnall and a welcome return to Norwich for Les Misérables
Thousands will be hearing the people sing as Cameron Mackintosh's Les Misérables arrives for a five-week stay in Norwich - and no-one is more excited than the show's Jean Valjean, Dean Chisnall. 'This is the reason I got into musical theatre. I think this is the first show I ever heard. It's not just a role, it's a privilege,' he said, of playing the musical's principal hero, a man on a difficult journey to redemption.
'It doesn't get any better than this. As far as I am concerned there is no greater feeling and no greater responsibility when it comes to a role - this is the one I have always wanted.'
The touring production of the show follows Dean's year-long stint as Valjean in the West End production and he is enjoying putting his own slant on an iconic role in an iconic musical which has been seen by 120 million people worldwide in 52 countries.
A veteran visitor to Norwich Theatre Royal, Dean has spent weeks in the city in productions including Blood Brothers and Shrek, in which he played the titular big friendly giant.
'If I ever see anything green again...' Dean laughs, remembering his role as Shrek and the challenges which accompanied it.
'I remember when we came to Norwich it was extremely hot, a real heatwave. I would come off stage and half my chin was hanging off! It was like being in a sauna!'
He added: 'I also came to Norwich with Blood Brothers and I absolutely love the city. It has such a lovely vibe.
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'When we come with Les Mis we are there for a nice period and I am looking forward to exploring and really getting to grips with the city again.'
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Les Misérables takes a journey with prisoner-on-parole, 24601, Jean Valjean, as he runs from the ruthless Inspector Javert on a journey beyond the barricades, at the centre of the June rebellion.
A story of love, loss, tragedy and triumph filled with spectacular songs and a breathtaking set, Les Misérables will be at Norwich Theatre Royal from March 4 to April 4 at 7.30pm with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets £10-£66.50. Discounts for Friends, Corporate Club, Over-60s and Under-18s.
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Big team for a very big show
There are a huge number of people working on the show. As well as the 33 members of the performing company bringing the show to life, there is also a stage manager, a deputy stage manager, two carpenters, an automation operator, a lighting board operator, two sound operators working backstage, one sound operator front of house, up to five working in wardrobe, four in the wigs department, six more backstage crew, two fly men to raise and lower scenery, an additional lighting operator from the Theatre Royal, four people to operate follow-spot-lights to highlight performers, and seven dressers to help the company in and out of costume.