The sets for this production were absolutely stunning.
Previously, I have written about some of the reasons why I like the musical so much.
It manages to consider a compelling and coherent story while engaging with a smorgasbord of themes: law versus grace, personal identity, poverty, humour, prostitution, exploitation, justice, romance, youthful idealism and naivety, sacrificial service, power, heavenly hope, the promise of political revolution, violence, ....
The overall theme is that of Valjean's redemption, following the mercy he receives at the beginning from a priest who he stole from. The priest who says (sings)
May God's blessing go with you.
And remember this, my brother See in this some higher plan
You must use this precious silver To become an honest man
By the witness of the martyrs
By the Passion and the Blood God has raised you out of darkness
I have bought your soul for God!