Notre Dame de Paris aka The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Dance, Physical Theatre and Circus (musical theatre, circus)

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  • St Patrick's Church - Front Courtyard
  • 20:30
  • Aug 24
  • 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Suitability: 0+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: NDP Circus
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of Violence
  • Accessibility:
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


The mayhem of the Court of Miracles, Quasimodo’s torment, screaming gargoyles and the tragedy of Esmeralda’s passionate naivety. With a diverse and multitalented cast drawn from circus, theatre, music, dance and unique costume inspired by its Parisian setting, the company unfold a fantastic retelling of this timeless story that explores issues of universal relevance, exclusion, class and the abuse of power. Staged in a traditional circus ring, the handcrafted 12-metre-high set and rig honour the significance of Notre Dame Cathedral as a pinnacle of medieval Gothic architecture.

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General venue access

  • Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Carlijn 78 days ago

I am almost wondering whether i saw a different show from all the other reviewers. After a wonderful week at the fringe, in which i saw over 40
shows across a wide range of genres, this was the only one i left early. The concept was wonderful, as was the stage set-up, the costumes and the atmosphere. However, the execution was extremely sub-par with mediocre performances. The flute was out of tune with the violin, the gargoyle acrobats were energetic but lacked technical skills for truly impressive acrobatics and only one or two of the cast members had convincing acting skills. It was a pity - the promotional material and the audience reviews had given rise to high expectations. The enthousiasm was present but the skills level and talent just didn't live up to the expectations.

Renata Fletcher 81 days ago

Most wonderful and best from all Fringe this Musical /Theatre show. The stage, clothing, performance even real animals, just everything what real theatre and more needs 10++++
I highly recommend this show for everyone! 2 more days left to see it, I promise you, you will remember this show for life!

Kirstin Uhlenbrock 81 days ago

If only I had a little more time at hand I would have loved to see this show numerous times. What talented actors on two and also on four legs!!! I loved the ingenious stage, carriage, costumes, lightening by fire. A truly fantastic show!

JennyK 88 days ago

This is the Fringe pedigree show. Expect unexpected, wrap up, bring a brolly and enjoy.

Agree with the below reviews.

Perin Westerhof Nyman 88 days ago

What a fabulous show! Three horses and an absolutely charming goat; really, what more could you ask for? But it also delivers a classic story, an incredible set and props, wonderful singing, and an appropriate quantity of fire! I particularly appreciated that the company did their research and used real medieval music for the vocal elements (at least the pieces I recognised were genuinely medieval), as it made the show even more atmospheric. All the lighting was done with fire and there were no modern elements to the visible set, which made it feel like we were watching a real historical theatre troupe. Add an excellent violinist, a full pipe-organ, a rose window, acrobatic gargoyles, and some incredible trick-riding (and, again, a charming goat!), and you have a 2.5 hour spectacle that should not be missed. Seriously, go now. (Bring a blanket and a pillow to sit on, and maybe look up the non-Disney version of the Hunchback story; it will help if you don't have much French.)

marguerite sowerby 89 days ago

I have seen this show twice. Apart from being the best value for money at the fringe - two and a half hours of non-stop entertainment - it takes the audience on an emotional roller-coaster! Combining circus-type acts with the very serious morality questions raised by Victor Hugo in his novel, this is an experience not to be missed. The set includes a full size organ, bells and a rose window. Esmeralda will melt your heart with her seductive dancing, singing and oh so sad life/end! DON'T MISS THIS SHOW!!

Sarah 94 days ago

Excellent show! The acting, singing, dancing and acrobatics were all wonderful and it was a great adaptation of the story. Definitely worth seeing.

Note that this is an outdoor performance, so it is a good idea to dress warmly.

Daid Kahl 94 days ago

Brilliant and absolutely amazing show -- but bear in mind this is outdoors so bring your jumper and maybe an umbrella. 3 horses, 1 goat, and a stellar cast. Esmeralda could be a professional ballet dancer. Frollo could be a professional singer. Gringoire might as well be a comedian on stand up. All of them could be in the circus, too. Wow!

Jennifer Restak 96 days ago

This is a beautiful show! Gorgeous costumes, bold choreography and live violin and pipe organ music make for a dazzling spectacle under the stars. The show takes the audience back to another time while at the same time making Hugo’s story relevant today as it addresses the damage inflicted by society through exclusion of those who are “different” from the mainstream.

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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 81 days ago

Staying as true as possible to Victor Hugo’s novel, Notre Dame de Paris aka The Hunchback of Notre Dame brings fifteenth-century Paris to life. We meet the disfigured bellringer Quasimodo, the beautiful dancer Esmeralda, the jealous priest Claude Frollo and the hapless poet Pierre Gringoir – all in a stunning,...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

Walk down the Cowgate this evening, past St Patrick's church and you may glimpse a spectacle: a 40 foot-high set evoking the Cathedral of Notre Dame; big, beautiful (real!) horses hanging out in the trees; a goat, gambolling backstage. Pass during the performance and you will see no elecric lights,...

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