A drama group takes to the stage tonight for its first production of Les Miserables - School Edition.

Ilkley’s Upstagers has put together a cast of very talented young singers and actors from the local area who have been working tirelessly to bring Victor Hugo’s story to life on the King’s Hall stage.

Two larger-than-life characters – the rogues Monsieur and Madame Thenardier – are set to bring comedy to the production.

Michael McGeough, who plays Monsieur Thenardier, said: “This is my first time playing the role of Thenardier and I am very excited to perform it. I’m not used to playing such an evil role, so it is an absolute joy to do something different. Thenardier is hilarious as well as evil, so he’s great fun to play.”

Meanwhile, Megan Crowley, who plays his villainous wife, said: “This is my first principal role with Upstagers, though I have performed in numerous shows here as a dancer.

“I am really looking forward to playing the role of Madame Thenardier, as it’s a really gritty part. The Thenardiers are a comedy duo, who occasionally bring a lighter mood to this largely dark show.”

Performances will be at the King’s Hall, Ilkley, from tonight to Sunday March 23, at 7.15pm with Saturday and Sunday matinees. Visit upstagers.org.uk or telephone 03336 663366 for further information or to book. Prices are £15 and concessions £12.