in Montreuil-sur-Mer, the actors of the “Misérables” deprived of spectacle reinvent themselves in the streets


In the streets of Montreuil-sur-Mer and on the ramparts of the city, the shadow of Victor Hugo has been hovering for almost two centuries. It is in this village of Pas-de-Calais that the writer set the scene for Miserable. In the novel, he makes it Fantine’s hometown, and Jean Valjean is its mayor.

Over 1,000 people per evening for 25 years

To bring this heritage to life, every year since 1996, the inhabitants go back to the 19th century and bring back to life Cosette, Gavroche and all the other characters born under the pen of Victor Hugo, in a sound and light show. Nearly 300 extras retrace the great moments of the novel through various paintings. The performances were due to start the first weekend of August but the Covid-19 epidemic decided otherwise.

“Behind me there is a bleacher with about 1,500 seats, remembers Jean-Marie Fontaine, the president of the association Miserables and Company which sets up sound and light. Over 1,000 people per night for 25 years. There is none. It was in 2019 and it will be in 2021. ”

Keeping the spirit of the show alive

If the performances are canceled this year, there is no question of leaving the sumptuous costumes in the closet. Some of the 300 extras put on them to stroll through the streets of Montreuil-sur-Mer and offer visitors small scenes. These show visits thus make it possible to maintain the link with the spectators and (…)

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