Although there are still a couple of weeks more to go, The Too Friendly Theatre Company is busy putting the finishing touches to their presentation of Jonathan Holloway’s Les Miserables. This play version faithfully follows Victor Hugo’s original story, charting the battle between Jean Valjean, the escaped convict and Police Inspector Javert, whose aim is to bring him to justice.
The story of Les Miserables is so well-know that director, Cliff Gillies, indicates that people will not be disappointed. “Although this is not the musical, it still tells the rich story of some of the most well-known literary characters. At the heart of this story is love, self-sacrifice and standing up for what you believe in.”
Jen Johnson, who is stepping out with the group for the first time, plays Cossette. She said, “It is a great honour to be playing such a well-known character in such a well-known play. Although it may not have the happiest of endings, it is all about the human spirit and how much we sacrifice for those we care about.”
The Too Friendly Theatre Company are back performing at Southport’s Little Theatre, following their successful version of Alan Ayckbourn’s Snakes in the Grass last March. This darkly comic play was a tour de force in telling a chilling tale, with only three characters and lots of creepy special effects. In fact, the play was so well received it won Best Ensemble at the NODA awards in January. Mark Haygarth, who stage managed the show said it was an honour to win an award which showed just what a team effort the play had been. “The three actors had so many lines to learn but, not only that, they had to be in the right place at the right time to ensure the special effects worked. It is great for the team effort to be recognised by NODA.”
In fact, the company was also honoured with no less than 6 acting nominations in a variety of categories. On the night, Helen Haygarth was presented with the gong for Best Actress following a hilariously comic turn as Mia in the cheeky comedy Immaculate, which the group presented at The Bold Hotel in September. “It was an honour to win,” she explained, “and a testament to the talent of the whole group to have so many nominations.”
And now, fresh from their award success, the group is fine-tuning their interpretation of Les Miserables. “You will laugh, you will cry and you will thoroughly enjoy yourself” Cliff guarantees. So, if you want to have a enjoyable night out (not a miserable one, we promise) then get your tickets now from the advanced ticket line 01704 808951 or from the Little Theatre box office. You can find out more from www.toofriendlytheatre.com or by searching for them on Facebook. The play will be performed from March 3rd – 5th 2016 and we hope to see all you lovely ladies and gents for a drink after the show.
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