Off-West End


King's Head Theatre

Until Sat Apr 13 2013


Francis Loney

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Jorn Horaczek

Quasimodo, the world premiere of the Lionel Bart musical at the King's Head in London - Robert Chevara has done it again. He found a nearly forgotten and never performed musical, added his ingredients (which are somehow magical and made of factual knowledge, artistic professionalism and artful directing) and created an unforgettable experience which made people cry with emotion and awe. A great cast, wonderful costumes by Jonathan Lipman who did a fantastic job, the King's Head Theater which was transformed into Notre Dame de Paris (with a London touch) and a stage that is both, imaginative and minimalistic enough to let you take part and live the story. The seemingly well-known story of the hunchback Quasimodo and the gypsi-girl Esmeralda told in different way with a remarkable, quite shocking ending. He, the disfigured creature who seems beasty from the outside but deeply human from within turns from a charcter barely noticed to the star of the evening. She, the gipsy girl who is beautiful but doesn't belong to the crowd experiences real devotion and passion. Her singing is stunning as well by the way. A story and a setting which reflects modern problems of our relation to the unknown and strange as much as who we are in the eyes of the others. Robert and his cast invite us to a sensual journey through time, beauty, uglyness and emotion which makes one reflect and most of all enjoy the artistic performance and the dedication to detail of all involved. "If only I were made of stone" ... I wouldn't be able to laugh, cry and enjoy the beauty of this show. Whereever this show will be going from here - DON'T MISS THE BEGINNING - This show must go on! And I am sure it will. I saw the show twice and will be back in a few days to see it again. This is what performance should be - loose yourself, have fun and fly away. Great job.