"A brilliant evening spent watching the amazing adaptation of this Victor Hugo classic. How only 5 people with a handful of props recreated this story with its roller coaster of emotions was pure magic. We wait in anticipation for the next Myriad miracle." Derek & Pat Mills, Worcester
"A thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of a well known tragic tale. The cast played their parts with great passion, wit, charm and adaptability. I was absorbed in the drama right to the end. Real escapism. Fantastic." Marigold Peters, Thame
Within the vast Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris lives Quasimodo the hunchbacked bell-ringer. Ridiculed and reviled by all for his physical appearance, he is shown compassion only by the gypsy Esmeralda, a compassion that he repays with absolute devotion.
Victor Hugo’s classic retelling of Beauty and the Beast follows the faithful, unlikely hero’s attempts to save Esmeralda from the black-hearted and lecherous Archdeacon Claude Frollo, his own adopted father.
Our original adaptation of Hugo’s magnificent, passionate novel premiered in London in Summer 2010 and then toured during Autumn to Essex, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Worcestershire, Surrey and Sussex.
Lighting Design: Ben Cowen
""The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves."
"Brilliant adaptation of "Hunchback!" We saw the performance 3 times! Each time the cast had you sitting on the edge of your seat wanting more! Absolutely fantastic! We traveled across the "pond" from the states to watch their fantastic performances! Money well spent! Bravo to the cast!" Sharon Gorecki, Wisconsin
"I was at the play at Alfriston W M Hall last night and I thought your production was absolutely brilliant. Using that small space so well, making five players look like twenty, and involving us all in the drama and emotions. I shall be looking out for further productions to recommend to my friends." J Hurwood, Alfriston
"We all thoroughly enjoyed the play, it was wonderful and we thought that the acting was superb." Mrs P Bowe, Chelmsford
"A great performance by the whole cast with an unusual twist in the tale. You sit so close to the actors that you feel part of the play, which makes it even more absorbing. James Kingdon's portrayal of Dom Claude de Frollo is as evil as Anna O'Connor's portrayal of Esmeralda is sexy! This production contains all the essentials for great entertainment, intrigue, humour, action and seduction." Colin Cutler, Braintree
"Lively, moving and thought provoking - brilliant performance. Superb acting by all 5 characters." Julie Cadman, London
"A full house greeted Myriad’s second consecutive night at Ingatestone Hall, as they staged their adaptation of Victor Hugo’s ever-popular ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’.
The five performers, who convincingly played multiple roles, each exuded qualities that enhanced the piece. James Kingdon’s unsmiling interpretation of Dom Claude de Frollo lent a threatening air to his scenes, while Jonathon Marx’s naïve, endearing Gringoire commanded a patronising sympathy for his efforts at ‘poetising’. Meanwhile, Fergus Rees’ portrayal of caddish anti-hero Phoebus de Chateaupeurs, dressed head to toe in red, possessed the arrogant confidence that is de rigueur for such a character. Anna O’Connor’s portrayal rightly had all the male characters falling at her feet. She was every inch the flowing, feminine Bohemian we expected; a fine embodiment of such a key role. But best of all was Daren-Luc Kelly’s humble Quasimodo, who elicited sympathy without overdoing the humility. He challenged us to reassess our views on the importance we, as a society, place on looks. Completely unfamiliar with the story, I relied on their skills as performers to keep me in the picture. And I am pleased to say, they didn’t disappoint. I was immediately familiar with the narrative, anticipating the twists and turns that make it such a popular tale. Not only was the story entertainingly told, but the rapid flits from drama to humour kept the audience engaged."
Nicholas Hart, The Essex Chronicle