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    March 26, 2013
  • Review: Quasimodo, Kings Head ✭✭

    Alex Delaney remains unmoved by Quasimodo, despite an outstanding performance in the title role.

    Review: Quasimodo, Kings Head ✭✭
    Steven Webb
    Billed as a world premiere of a new musical from Oliver! composer Lionel Bart, Quasimodo atThe King’s Head gave the audience high expectations, to which it failed to live up. Bart first started work on Quasimodo in the 1950s, returning to it again in the 1990s when he produced a showcase performance of eight or nine songs, but sadly passed away before he could complete the musical. It is, despite the best efforts of the creative team, Peter Mitchell, Musical Director, and Director Robert Chevara, still half-finished.
    Webb is an astonishing performer: utterly convincing, heartbreakingly touching, and combining the voice of an angel with the physicality of a gargoyle

    The first half plays out like Carry On Notre Dame, with pantomime villains, camp priests and saucy gypsies. Ripples of awkward laughter pass through the audience, but no-one, including the cast, seems to be sure if they are laughing with the production or at it. The piece improves markedly after the interval, however, solely due to the increased focus on Quasimodo himself, outstandingly portrayed by Steven Webb. Webb is an astonishing performer: utterly convincing, heartbreakingly touching, and combining the voice of an angel with the physicality of a gargoyle. His Quasimodo is entirely loveable, and the interplay between him and Esmerelda (Zoe George) on Introducing You is the highlight of the piece. For any student of drama or musical theatre, it is worth going to see Quasimodo for Webb’s masterclass of a performance alone.

    ** (2 stars)
    Runs until April 13th
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