Twenty years after its Parisian debut, the French musical Notre Dame de Paris is to perform in London, after receiving international acclaim in 23 countries worldwide. Based upon the 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris will feature an international ensemble of singers, dancers and acrobats to tell the tale of the hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and his tragic love for the gypsy, Esmeralda.
The production will perform at the London Coliseum from Wednesday 23 – Sunday 27 January 2019, with a national press night on Wednesday 23 January 2019, 7pm.
Ahead of the twentieth anniversary performance, producer Nicolas Talar says: “It gives me great excitement to bring this classic tale to the London stage. Almost two centuries after the novel captured imaginations, we have now been fortunate enough to share this extraordinary story to audiences worldwide for two decades. And as an anniversary gift to show our excitement for bringing it to London, our first performance will be, we believe, the London Coliseum’s first ever one price performance at the amazing rate of £50, so we can share this story with as many people as possible. The earlier you book the better the seat you get.”
The original French production in London will be performed with English surtitles and a live orchestra.
Having sold out performances across 16 countries and been translated into nine different languages, Notre Dame de Paris originally debuted at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, 1998. Following its opening, the production was commended in the Guinness Book of World Records 2000 for its record success for a musical during its first year.
The music is composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon.
Victor Marie Hugo (1802-1885) was a French poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic movement and is considered one of the greatest French writers. Hugo’s best-known works are the novels Les Misérables, 1862, and Notre-Dame de Paris, 1831, both of which have had several adaptations for stage and screen.
Photo: Alessandro Dobici