London Lad drops Comedy act for Timeless Musical Adaptation

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By AdFeatures | Monday, December 17, 2012, 20:58

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London born, stage comedian, celebrated filmographer and notable writer Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play Thénardier in the Tom Hooper film adaptation of world-famous musical, Les Miserables. Baron Cohen who was born in Hammersmith in West London in 1971 is the middle of three brothers and is best known for his unorthodox alter egos Ali G, Borat and Bruno.

While at university in Cambridge he joined the University Amateur Dramatic Club and proceeded to perform in various stage classics such as Fiddler on the Roof and Cyrano de Bergerac, a hat-tip to his Jewish/Welsh upbringing. Cohen burst onto the comedy scene when his character Ali G, a ‘junglist rude-boi’ from Stains was aired on the Channel 4 show of the same name in 1998.

Sacha has now written screenplays for and acted in two feature-length films featuring characters of his own making with Borat in 2006 and Bruno in 2009. Now, along with a star-studded cast inclusive of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried he has brought to life the classic 19th-Century French Classic: Les Miserables.

Les Miserables was originally in novel format and was written by Victor Hugo in 1862. There are many socio-economic themes that run through the book as well as religious and philosophical elements. There is no doubt that this elaborate tale is layered in plot which is set against the crumbling Parisian culture at the time.

There have been numerous adaptations of the novel in many different mediums, the most famous of which being the long running musical opening in Paris in 1980. The newest rendition, set to hit the screens in January 2013 is undoubtedly going to be a box office smash hit.

If you are interested in seeing the musical why not visit a screening in Cohen’s home town and book your seats at West End Vue Cinema.

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