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Les Misérables | Interview with Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman plays Madame Thénardier

Tell us about the story of Les Misérables
Les Misérables highlights the cavernous space between the very rich and very poor. The very poor have an awful time of it. Jean Valjean is the hero of our piece. He’s still rough round the edges but when he comes out of prison he experiences goodness in its purest form. He wants to do good for other people but because he started in life as poor, it’s hard to get out of it.

Tell us about character, Madame Thénardier?
Madame Thénardier is an innkeeper. Along with her husband, she is deeply unpleasant in every way. It’s not a happy family and Cosette is left with them in good faith, but she gets treated like a slave.

What do you think audiences will make of Les Misérables?
It’s a gripping story with all the ingredients for something you are going to love. I can imagine myself not wanting to turn off and wanting to watch the next one. It’s an age old story but it will still appeal.