Music and drama pupils at St Ivo School will take on their biggest challenge yet as they take to the stage for a production of Les Miserables next month.

The play, based on the hit West End show and highly-acclaimed film, will feature more than 80 students aged between 11 and 19-years-old.

Athena Bell, musical director said: "We have been so impressed with the commitment and energy of our cast members.

"They are rising to the challenges of this show with considerable flair."

The epic musical tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his struggle to take back an honest name for himself, rescuing Fantine from a life of destitution, raising her child, joining students on a barricade, and saving Marius' life.

First published as a novel in 1862, the story is one of the most acclaimed works of the nineteenth-century, exploring love, loss and human strength.

The epic musical will take place on February 7, 8 and 9 at the Burgess Hall in St Ives at 7.30pm.

Amanda Crellin, director, added: "We are getting very excited about sharing our version of this brilliant show with the people of St Ives and showcasing the talents of our students."

The school is also seeking sponsorship for the show, and anyone interested should contact award@stivoschool.org.

Tickets start at £7 and are on sale from ParentMail for parents.

Otherwise, please book on 01480 302 970.