Hunchback takes to the road

TAKE a pew and prepare for a story of love, betrayal and one of the most famous acts of revenge to be retold.Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame is to be re-enacted throughout the coming weeks as it tours the region's churches.

TAKE a pew and prepare for a story of love, betrayal and one of the most famous acts of revenge to be retold.

Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame is to be re-enacted throughout the coming weeks as it tours the region's churches.

Made by Felixstowe-based WellMade Theatre Productions it follows on from the company's previous successful church tours, which have included Murder In The Cathedral and The Lark.

The latest production has been especially adapted by Clare Ward as a play for the stage but it stays faithful to Hugo's classic novel set in Paris in 1482.

It follows Esmerelda, a gypsy dancer who is in love with Captain Phoebus, Claude Frollo, the demented archdeacon whose evil passion for Esmerelda leads him to denounce her as a witch and Hugo's most famous character of all, Quasimodo.

Known as the Hunchback of Notre Dame, he is a deformed bell ringer whose devotion to Esmerelda saves her.

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However, there is much more to the story and in this latest adaptation there comes the promise of scenes from the tale never seen before.

Performed in church settings throughout its tour, these theatrical backdrops will serve to enhance the gothic and sinister atmosphere of this classic tale of love and revenge.

WellMade Theatre Productions' tour of The Hunchback of Notre Dame starts tonight at St Thomas Church, in Cromer Road, Ipswich and on Saturday it will move to St Marys in Bacton.

On February 28 it is at St Marys, in Bramford, on March 1 at St Andrews, in Great Finborough, on March 7 at St Johns in Saxmundham, on March 8 at St Martins in Nacton, on March 14 at St Martins in Fornham St Martin, on March 15 at St Lukes in Tipree, on March 21 at All Saints in Thorndon, on March 22 at St Marys in Coddenham and on March 28 and 29 at St Johns in Felixstowe.

All performances are at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8 (£6 concessions). For tickets or more information contact 01394 275050 or email wmt@whsmithnet.co.uk

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