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By Maria Gregoriou

As of Saturday get ready to hear the people sing as Les Miserables will be staged by the theatre group Alpha Square.

The theatrical interpretation of the French historical novel by Victor Hugo will take us to a world where justice is opposed, where heroism is corrupt and purity is stained with immortality.

The story of convict Jean Valjean and the revolution in 19th century France have been made popular by the musical productions in London, and elsewhere, but it climbed to different heights of recognition when presented on the big screen in 2012. The film version famously stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

After Valjean is released from prison where he served 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread, he is only shown compassion by kind bishop Myriel, from whom he tries to steal the silver. When the police arrest Valjean and take him back to the bishop, the gentle man does not turn him in, rather he says that he had given him the silver as a gift. After this incident Myriel makes Valjean promise that he will be an honest man, a promise that he intends to keep.

This epic work, which is considered a masterpiece of literature, has been adapted for the stage by Anthi Zachariadou and is directed by the theatre group’s founder Andreas Araouzos. A total of eight performances in Nicosia and one in Limassol will be presented in Greek.

Le Miserables

Performance of the famous French story of revolution. February 7 until March 1. Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. €16/12. In Greek. Tel: 70-001140

March 13. Rialto Theatre, Limassol. 8.30pm. €16/12. In Greek. Tel: 77-777745

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