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The Hunchback of Notre Dame – St Paul’s Church, London

Writer:  Benjamin Polya Director: Bertie Watkins Reviewer: Karl O’Doherty  Darker than the children’s cartoon, and with a better goat, it’s reaching for something true to Hugo’s novel but undermines itself with a pantomime feel. The author chronicled the underclasses of France, humanising them in the eyes of those who disregarded them each day in the streets, and gave voice to ...

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Notre Dame de Paris – London Coliseum, London

Music: Richard Cocciante  Book and lyrics: Luc Plamondon  Director: Gilles Maheu  Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Victor Hugo’s other famous novel (after the one with all the barricades) The Hunchback of Notre Dame is an abject lesson of the corrosive effects of the patriarchy. Esmerelda, a street dancer from Paris’s underclass, is so beautiful that several men fall in love with her – and ...

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CD REVIEW: The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Studio Cast Recording

Hunchback Studio Cast Recording promo image

Music by Alan Menken Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz Reviewer: Mark Clegg The Hunchback of Notre Dame was always going to be a hard sell for a Disney movie and despite being perfectly animated and having the obligatory happy ending, it was greeted with middling reviews and disappointing box office when it was released in 1996. But it has remained a ...

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