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QUASIMODO Musical by Lionel Bart based on the novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo King's Head Theatre, London - 22 March - 13th April, 2013 (season) SYNOPSIS The tragic tale of deformed outsider Quasimodo and the gypsy girl Esmerelda . It is a poignant protest against prejudice and corruption. “I am not a man, and I am not an animal. What am I?” asks Quasimodo of Esmeralda, whom he has saved from the gallows. Archdeacon Frollo saves a deformed baby’s life and names him Quasimodo. He later rescues him again when, as grown lad, he has been flogged for a crime he never committed but then suddenly, because of lusting after Esmeralda he becomes a villain. “I love sex and fights!” cries Clopin, king of the Paris underworld, where, in this tough fifteenth century world, sex and violence seem commonplace. Esmeralda is no pure young girl; she offers to become the wife of poet Gringoire to save his life but spurns his bed and instead makes a purely sexual assignation with soldier Phoebus. Love duets mark duplicity and lust but not romance. It is not until Quasimodo and Esmeralda have become obvious victims of injustice that one becomes entirely on their side. Quasimodo bemoans the ugliness he describes himself as having. In public he stumbles and stutters but in private he can sing with a clear voice. CAST Quasimodo Frollo Esmerelda Gringoire Clopin Fleurien Phoebus Pacquette Yvette