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A musical opening soon after Gone With The Wind could consider itself lucky, but this one doesn’t really need the luck.


It’s a chamber piece, rather than the epic of Les Miserables or Miss Saigon by the same writers. The latter was based on Madam Butterfly and this is a modern La Traviata.


It’s a great story, cleverly relocated to the Second World War, with gorgeous music, terrific lyrics and a small but highly talented ensemble and a small but lush orchestra. The show really suits the TR Haymarket (pity about the obscene programme and drink prices though!), the staging is impeccable and the excellent sound (for once not over-amplified) ensures you hear every word.


Ruthie Henshall is perfect casting and rises to the challenge of the part (though she was thrown around so much I was wincing!). I know Julian Ovenden’s work less, but this is a star turn. There’s a certain frisson seeing Alexander Hanson’s menacing Nazi general soon after his Nazi-hating Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and it’s another fine interpretation. I was immensely impressed by Matt Cross in Days of Hope at the Kings Head last year so its great to see him deliver another excellent performance as Pierrot, alongside equally excellent performances from Simon Thomas and Annalene Beechey In these important supporting roles.


This show comes in at just under half the length of GWTW but packs twice the emotional punch. I loved it – but will the critics?…..whose indifference to Les Mis sits alongside Decca’s rejection of the Beatles as one of history’s great errors!

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