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Le Bossu de Notre Dame (French/English)


d’après “Notre Dame de Paris” de Victor Hugo


 “Ne regarde pas la figure, jeune fille, regarde le cœur.”


Adapted by Louise Hall & Kerry Casey

Original music by Hall & Pierre van Sint Jan

Directed by Kerry Casey

Suitable: Yrs 7 –12 & Festivals
Duration: 1 hour 


Theatre LOTE takes a journey back to XVth Century Paris….

In the story-telling traditions of the mountebanks, saltimbanques, jongleurs and troubadours, we present a contemporary re-telling of Victor Hugo’s epic love-story. Narrated in English with scenes enacted in French, performers incorporate music, movement and drama with modern references and audience participation.









Quasimodo, the hideously distorted hunchback lives in the bell tower of Paris’ famous cathedral, Notre Dame. Regarded with fear and superstition by the rich and poor alike, he is taunted and goaded from the street. Through circumstance he offers sanctuary to the beautiful gypsy girl Esmerelda, also an outcast of Paris society.  But other forces prevail…….




Vocabulary and dialogue related to Victor Hugo's story.



an outstanding performance and very moving …brilliant.. .beautifully scripted and superbly delivered, from your marvellously revealing facial expressions to your melodious voices and characterisations.”


“Fabulous performance – the story with all its complexity brought utterly and heart-breakingly alive.

Sue Aslop, MLC, Burwood


“The show was so accessible to my students, even the low level learners. The Disney movie is out the window!”  Sharon Towner, Lyneham High, ACT


2002: Sydney & regional NSW

2003: Melbourne & Adelaide


See the Info For Schools for booking information, or e-mail: Louise Hall,
 theatrelote (at) optusnet.com.au

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Last updated 03 March 2011