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The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Words: Douglas O’Hara

A standing ovation and a resounding applause occurred at Captivate Theatre’s rendition of Victor Hugo’s novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Melding the musical numbers from the Disney classic of the same name, director Sally Lyall delivers a mesmerising show.

Lewis Kerr as Quasimodo expertly exemplifies the isolation, longing and resilience of the
character while remaining highly mobile, navigating through the stage with ease and delivering a
heartfelt performance, particularly his number “Out There” which sounds from the belltower of
Notre Dame and into our hearts.

Meanwhile, Aidan McGrath’s portrayal of Dom Claude Frollo is nothing short of spectacular.
Particularly, the number “Heaven’s Light/Hellfire,” McGrath claws at the very depths of the
character’s soul and unleashes a booming operatic voice, skilfully capturing Frollo’s fiery
intensity and bone-chilling demeanour.

The target of many hearts within the story, Camila Lopez’s Esmeralda portrays a strength and
independence and effortlessly captures the character’s gentle and noble qualities. Phoebus played
by Hamish Coles cemented a compelling and dynamic performance while sharing an infectious
and heartwarming chemistry with Esmeralda.

Last but not least Hudson Scheel’s brilliant energy and charisma as Clopin Trouillefou are
carried throughout the story and command the audience’s attention, particularly during the Feast
of Fools.

Unseen but definitely heard, the orchestra delivered an exceptional adaption of the famous
Disney soundtrack while the entire cast transported us to Paris 1482. Do you hear it?

“The Bells of Notre Dame” are ringing…answer the call and see The Hunchback of Notre Dame
this Fringe Festival. A must see.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Edinburgh Academy, Magnusson Theatre
12-15 Aug


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