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Act One

PROLOGUE: TOULON, 1815
Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the yellow ticket of leave he must, by law, display, condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop Of Digne treats him kindly but Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by police, but is astonished when the Bishop lies to them to save him, also giving him 2 precious candlesticks. As a result, Valjean decides to start his life anew.

1823: MONTREUIL-SUR-MER
Eight years have passed and Valjean, having broken his parole and changed his name to Monsieur Madeleine, has risen to become both a factory owner, and mayor. One of his workers, Fantine, has a secret illegitimate child. When the other women discover this, they demand her dismissal. The foreman, whose advances she has rejected, throws her out. She reflects on how different the world seemed when she first fell in love, before life killed her dreams.

Fantine wanders to the red light district, where she finds her self among sailors and prostitutes. She sells her necklace and her hair, and then becomes a prostitute to earn money for her daughter. When she refuses to allow a street idler, Bamatabois, to purchase her services, he is so enraged that he lies to Javert, claiming she attacked him. The Mayor (Valjean) comes to Fantine's aid and learns that she is only in her present circumstance because he turned his back on her at his factory. When he realises that she and her daughter are innocent victims, he demands that Javert release her.
The Mayor then rescues a man pinned down by a runaway cart. Javert is then reminded of the abnormal strength of convict 24601 Jean Valjean, a parole-breaker, whom he has been tracking for years, but who he says has just been recaptured. Valjean, not wanting to see an innocent man go to prison in his place, reveals to the court he is prisoner 24601.
Valjean visits the dying Fantine in hospital and promises to find and look after her daughter Cosette. Javert arrives to arrest him, but Valjean escapes.

THE INN AT MONTFERMEIL
Cosette has been lodged for 5 years with the Thenardiers who run an inn, horribly abusing the little girl whom they use as a skivvy whilst indulging their own daughter, Eponine. Valjean finds Cosette fetching water in the dark. He pays the Thenardiers to let him take Cosette away and takes her to Paris. But Javert is still on his tail…

PARIS, TEN YEARS LATER
There is great unrest in the city because of the likely demise of the popular leader, General Lamarque, the only man left in the government who shows any feeling for the poor. An urchin, Gavroche, is in his element, mixing with the city beggars. Among the street-gangs is one led by the Thenardiers, who set upon Valjean and Cosette. They are rescued by Javert, who again fails to recognise Valjean until after he has escaped into the background. The Thenardiers’ daughter, Eponine, is secretly in love with dashing student, Marius, reluctantly agrees to help him find Cosette, with whom he has fallen in love.

At a political meeting in a small caf é, a group of idealistic students prepare for the revolution they are sure will erupt on the death of General Lamarque. Gavroche then brings the news of the General’s death and the students, led by Enjolras, stream out into the streets to whip up popular support. Only Marius is distracted by thoughts of the mysterious Cosette.

Cosette, has also fallen in love with Marius. Valjean realises that his “daughter” is changing very quickly but refuses to tell her anything of her past. In spite of her own feelings for Marius, Eponine sadly brings him to Cosette, and then prevents an attempt by her father’s gang to rob Valjean’s house. Valjean, convinced it was Javert who was lurking outside the house tells Cosette they must prepare to leave the country. Meanwhile, on the eve of the revolution, the students and Javert see the situation from their different viewpoints; Cosette and Marius part in despair of ever meeting again; Eponine mourns the loss of Marius; and Valjean looks forward to the security of exile – The Thenardiers on the other hand dream of rich pickings from the chaos to come!

Act Two

The students prepare to build the barricade, assessing the strength of their adversaries and hoping that the people will support them. Eponine appears; Marius tries to send her away, fearing for her life. She says his concern shows he does care about her. He asks her to take a letter to Cosette, but this is intercepted at the Rue Plumet by Jean Valjean. Valjean reads the letter, learning of Marius's feelings for Cosette, and in which Marius says goodbye to Cosette in case he dies in battle.
Eponine expresses her feelings of loneliness. She has now alienated her father by protecting Marius and has nowhere to turn. She has nothing but her dreams of a love that can never be returned because she loves Marius "only on my own." Nevertheless she decides to rejoin him at the barricade.
Back at the barricade, the students defy an army officer’s warning that they must give up or die. Javert pretends to be on the students' side and tries to encourage them to surrender, but is exposed by Gavroche as a police spy and the students tie Javert up, planning to shoot him as a traitor after the battle. Eponine returns, much to Marius' dismay, and is shot and killed – significantly the first to die on the rebel side. Before she dies, she manages to tell Marius that she has delivered the letter to Valjean. He promptly arrives at the barricade in search of Marius, and says he has come to aid the students. They say that another man who offered to join them has proven to be a traitor and point to Javert. Valjean is given a gun and as the battle begins, he shoots and kills a sniper. Having proven his fidelity to the students' cause, Enjolras agrees to turn Javert over to Valjean to “dispense with”, but Valjean allows him to escape, covering this up with a feigned shooting.
Before Javert escapes, he says Valjean is being foolish; as long as they are both alive, he will continue to pursue Valjean. Valjean says he doesn't blame Javert for trying to do what he believes is his duty.

The students rest and reflect on their friendship and days gone by, and in the quiet of the night, Valjean prays to God to save Marius from the onslaught which is to come. The next day, with ammunition running low, Gavroche tries to run out to collect more ammunition, and is shot; this stirs the students even more, but in a ferocious final battle, they are all killed, including their leader, Enjolras. Only Marius and Valjean survive. Valjean carries the wounded Marius into the Paris sewers to escape, before Javert can find him. In the sewers, Thenardier is up to his old tricks again and robbing the corpses including a ring from Marius whilst he and Valjean are barely conscious, but Thenardier recognises him and runs away.
As he leaves the sewer with Marius, Valjean encounters Javert again, who has been searching for him. Valjean pleads for time to deliver Marius to hospital. Javert decides to let him go and, his unbending principles of justice having been shattered by Valjean’s own mercy, he kills himself, by jumping into the swollen waters of the river Seine.

The women of Paris mourn the dead students, saying that nothing has changed as the result of their deaths. Marius sings a song of mourning for his dead companions. He begs their forgiveness for the fact that he survived. As he recovers, Marius tells Cosette that he still doesn't know who saved him at the barricade and they plan to marry. Valjean confesses the truth of his past to Marius and insists that after the young couple are married, he must go away rather than taint the sanctity and safety of their union.

On the wedding day, the uninvited Thenardiers blag their way in, and try to blackmail Marius – Thenardier claims that Cosette's “father” is a murderer and as proof produces the ring he stole from the corpse in the sewers. It is of course Marius’s ring, and he realises that it was Valjean who rescued him that night. He strikes Thenardier, throwing money at him, and he and Cosette leave to go to Valjean. The Thenardiers celebrate that in spite of everything, they have survived.

Valjean is alone in a room, dying, and having visions of Fantine. Marius and Cosette burst into his room, and Marius reveals to Cosette that he now knows her father saved his life. Valjean tells her the truth about her mother. His vision of Fantine is joined by a vision of Eponine. As he dies, Valjean and his visions remind Cosette of the everlasting power of love telling her that "to love another person is to see the face of God."

The entire company sings of "the music of a people who are climbing to the light. For the wretched of the earth, there is a flame that never dies. Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise."


MUSICAL NUMBERS

ACT ONE
PrologueThe Chain Gang, Valjean, Javert, Farmer, Labourer,
Bishop Of Digne & Constables
At The End Of The DayForeman Fantine, Valjean & Ensemble
I Dreamed A DreamFantine
The Docks ("Lovely Ladies")Sailors, Prostitutes, Old Woman, Fantine, Pimp, Bamatabois, Javert & Valjean
The Cart Crash (including "Who Am I?")Valjean, Fauchevelant, Javert & Bystanders
Fantine's DeathFantine, Valjean & Javert
Little Cosette ("Castle On A Cloud")Young Cosette & Madame Thenardier
The Innkeeper's Song ("Master Of The House")Thenardier, Madame Thenardier & Ensemble
The BargainThenardier, Madame Thenardier & Valjean
The BeggarsGavroche, Enjolras, Marius, Urchin & Ensemble
The RobberyThenardier, Madame Thenardier, Marius, Eponine, Valjean, Javert & Ensemble
StarsJavert
The ABC CafeFeuilly, Courfeyrac, Enjolras, Joly, Grantaire, Lesgles, Marius & Gavroche
The People's Song
("Do You Hear The People Sing")
Enjolras, Courfeyrac, Joly, Feuilly, Grantaire, Lesgles & Marius
Rue Plumet (including "In My Life")Cosette, Valjean, Marius & Eponine
A Heart Full Of LoveMarius, Cosette & Eponine
The Attack On Rue PlumetMontparnasse, Babet, Brujon, Claquesous, Thenardier, Eponine, Marius, Valjean & Cosette
One Day MoreValjean, Marius, Cosette, Eponine, Enjolras, Javert, Thenardier, Mme Thenardier & Ensemble
ACT TWO
The Barricade (including "On My Own")Enjolras, Javert, Marius, Eponine, Valjean, Army Officer
& Students
Javert At The Barricade
(including "Little People" & "A Little Fall Of Rain")
Joly, Javert, Gavroche, Grantaire, Courfeyrac, Feuilly, Legles, Enjolras, Marius, Eponine & Valjean
The First AttackJoly, Enjolras, Feuilly, Lesgles, Courfeyrac, Grantaire, Valjean, Marius & Javert
The Night (including "Drink With Me" & "Bring Him Home")Feuilly, Joly, Grantaire, Marius, Lesgles, Valjean, Enjolras, Courfeyrac & Ensemble
The Second AttackEnjolras, Feuilly, Marius, Enjolras, Valjean, Gavroche, Lesgles, Courfeyrac & Joly
The Final BattleArmy Officer, Enjolras, Joly, Feuilly, Grantaire, Marius,
Valjean & Courfeyrac
The SewersThenardier
Javert's Suicide/TurningValjean, Javert & Mourning Women
The Cafe Song ("Empty Chairs At Empty Tables")Marius
Marius & Cosette (including " A Heart Full Of Love (Reprise)")Marius, Cosette & Valjean
The WeddingMajor D'Omo, Thenardier, Madame Thenardier & Marius
Epilogue (including "Bring Him Home (Reprise)")Valjean, Fantine, Marius, Cosette, Eponine & Ensemble