Les Mis display opens in Portsmouth dockyard

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ITS opening scenes were filmed in Portsmouth, and now the public have got the chance to see some of the costumes from the Oscar-winning film Les Miserables return to the city.

Nineteen of the film’s costumes and a selection of props are on display at the Mary Rose Story museum in the Historic Dockyard.

Claudia Nowelle and Dan Holland enjoy the Les Miserable costume exhibition at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13889-2)

Claudia Nowelle and Dan Holland enjoy the Les Miserable costume exhibition at the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13889-2)

Among the costumes on show are Hugh Jackman’s Valjean convict outfit that he wore in his Portsmouth-filmed scenes, as well as various costumes worn by Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Isabelle Allen and Amanda Seyfried as Cosette.

Paul Griffiths, head of operations at the Mary Rose Museum, said: ‘In late February we were still in discussions with Universal Studios in Los Angeles, with all these emails going backwards and forwards.

‘The team here have done a fantastic job of putting this together and I think it looks stunning.

‘Two weeks ago the main room here was a replica of the Mary Rose, now it’s been turned into revolutionary France. It has been turned around in such a short space of time.

‘This is a great example of the city of Portsmouth being involved in something that’s worldwide.

‘With the new museum opening in a few months’ time, these are very exciting times for us.’

Claudia Nowelle, 24, and her boyfriend, Dan Holland, 27, were the first people through the doors yesterday.

Claudia, of Powerscourt Road in North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘Since I saw the film, I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it.

‘The exhibition is brilliant and we’ve learnt some really interesting things. We knew they’d filmed some of the scenes here, but I hadn’t realised some of them are on HMS Victory.

‘Fantine’s costume is incredible, I can’t believe how tiny Anne Hathaway is.’

Andrea Corser, 45, from Bury St Edmunds, added: ‘It’s so good to be able to see the costumes this close up. You don’t realise the detail in them when you watch the film.’

The exhibition runs until April 14.

Entry can be gained with a ticket to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard or bought separately at adult: £5, senior: £4, child: £2.50, family: £12.50.

Competition winners get early visit to the show

DAVID and Michelle Wickens were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the Les Miserables exhibition after winning a competition in The News.

David, 51, of Norris Gardens in Warblington, said: ‘We subscribe to The News anyway and Michelle enters all the competitions.

‘We actually queued up for three hours to be extras in the film in the freezing cold, but unfortunately I didn’t get the part.

‘We’ve seen the film though and really enjoyed it, I’m glad it got some awards.

‘The exhibition was fantastic, you could see a lot of work has gone into it.’