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Lincoln Cathedral to host Starring Lincoln Theatre Company production of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame

Live theatre will return to Lincoln Cathedral in summer 2022 with a lavish production of The Hunchback Of Notre Dame.

Starring Lincoln Theatre Company will bring to life the musical version of the Victor Hugo novel with songs from the Disney film.

It will be performed in the cathedral nave next summer. The dates are yet to be announced.

Oliver will be performed in the nave of Lincoln Cathedral. Photo: Richard Hall (44603318)
Oliver will be performed in the nave of Lincoln Cathedral. Photo: Richard Hall (44603318)

It is believed that this will be the first production of Hunchback to be staged in a cathedral.

As always, the show will be produced and performed by the people of Lincoln under the direction of Ben Poole from Starring Lincoln Theatre Company.

Audiences will be transported back to the Paris of 1482 when the story begins as the famous bells of Notre Dame sound during the Festival of Fools.

Quasimodo, the lonely but faithful bell-ringer, confined to the cathedral, longs to be part of the outside world. As the tale unfolds we witness the love, hate, betrayal and benevolence that features in the lives of the protagonists.

Dean of Lincoln, the Very Rev Christine Wilson, said: “In the midst of another lockdown, when the cathedral is necessarily, but heartbreakingly quiet, the thought of seeing the nave once again full of people gathered together to experience music and drama fills me with optimism, and I hope that this announcement will bring some much-needed cheer to people across Lincolnshire and beyond.

“The play poses many questions, but one which it returns to time and again is what makes a monster and what makes a man?

“As we enjoy the talent of the actors and musicians who will bring this story to life, it is a timely opportunity for each of us to reflect on how we find the strength and faith to challenge injustice, inequality and intolerance within society.”

Previous collaborations between Lincoln Cathedral and Starring Lincoln have included critically-acclaimed productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll And Hyde, and, most recently, Oliver!

Ben said, “I am so excited about bringing this show to our beautiful cathedral ­— it is a perfect fit.

“Victor Hugo believed in the importance of preserving medieval architecture and incarnated Notre Dame as perhaps the most important character in his novel.

“Our shows are renowned for bringing hundreds of people together to participate. Victor Hugo sums up very well the reason we do it: ‘Do you know of anything in the world more rich, more joyous, more golden, more dazzling, than this tumult of bells and chimes ­— this furnace of music ­— these thousands of brazen voices, all singing together in flutes of stone three hundred feet high, than this city which is but one orchestra ­— this symphony which roars like a tempest’.

“It will have been nearly three years since we have had the opportunity to do so due to the pandemic. I’m sure it will feel like a much needed celebration.”

Full details for the show including dates and ticket prices will be announced later this year through the Lincoln Cathedral website and social media channels.

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