The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sun 6th – Thu 10th Mar 2011


“If beauty is only skin-deep, then perhaps so is ugliness.”

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If beauty is only skin-deep, then perhaps so is ugliness.

The thunderous bells of Notre Dame resound through the evening air. They herald your encounter with the hunchback. Half-blind, deaf and crippled, Quasimodo is more twisted than the gargoyles that surround him. As a man, he is truly half-formed. Yet there is nothing half-formed in his story, which brings the wickedness and injustice of 15th-century Paris screaming into the bell tower. Hovering over the body of his unrequited love, Quasimodo plans himself a beautiful destiny.

This intimate and heartbreaking one-man show is not to be missed.

Previous descriptions of James Swanton:

‘A brilliant turn’ – BBC

‘Grotesque contortion’

‘Wonderfully twitchy and lugubrious’

‘A plethora of gurns and disfigurements’

‘Among the most moving performances I have seen in Cambridge’ – Varsity

Admission: £6(£5)

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