re: Opinion on Tom Francis sings “Sunset Boulevard” at the Olivier Awards. (Video)
Posted by: sf 02:40 pm EDT 04/15/24
In reply to: re: Opinion on Tom Francis sings “Sunset Boulevard” at the Olivier Awards. (Video) - EvFoDr 02:14 pm EDT 04/15/24

Yes, the accents on the original London cast recording of Les Mis (and in every cast in the UK since) are used to denote class - which is fair enough, because the way you speak *does* tend to pinpoint class as well as geographical origin. In London, it's not a startling choice; Nunn did something similar in his London production of The Baker's Wife, in which the working-class villagers spoke and sang in northern English accents. It's a convenient shorthand (provided the actors can do it), particularly when you need to establish what the relationships are between a large-ish set of characters.
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