The Hunchback of Notre Dame (4 stars)

This article is from 2010

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Critical commentary on mankind's hypocrisy

Writer/actor Pip Utton follows his challenging one-man shows Adolf, Chaplin and Bacon with another deftly scripted and vividly performed drama, this one about Victor Hugo’s deformed Parisian bell-ringer. Taking the form of a monologue delivered by Quasimodo from his lofty lair, it’s the harrowing and moving story of his life, but also a critical commentary on mankind’s hypocrisy and cruelty and our obsession with skin-deep beauty.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

  • 4 stars

'Utton is the master of the one-man show' (Guardian). Inspired by Victor Hugo's novel, retold by the lonely hunchback Quasimodo from the roof of Notre Dame; reflecting today's preoccupation with image and appearance. Ages: 12+