Lincoln Cathedral is set to welcome back Starring Lincoln Theatre Company in a theatrical production in the nave in summer 2022.
‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, will be produced and performed by the people of Lincoln under the direction of Ben Poole from Starring Lincoln Theatre Company.
The Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln 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.”
Dean Christine added: “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 Poole 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 3 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.”