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Principal casting announced for Notre Dame de Paris at the London Coliseum

Cast of Notre Dame de Paris. Photo credit: Alessandro Dobici.

Casting news

NICOLAS Talar for Enzo Products Ltd and Adam Blanshay Productions have announced the principal casting for Notre Dame de Paris, which runs at the London Coliseum from Wednesday, January 23 to Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Twenty years after its Parisian debut, and after receiving international acclaim in 23 countries worldwide, the original French production will be performed at the London Coliseum with English surtitles and a live orchestra.

It stars Angelo Del Vecchio (as Quasimodo), Hiba Tawaji (Esmeralda), Daniel Lavoie (Frollo), Richard Charest (Gringoire), Alyzée Lalande and Idesse who share the role of Fleur-de-Lys, Martin Giroux (Phœbus) and Jay (Clopin). All are members of the principal cast in the current world tour. Further casting will be announced in due course.

Based upon the acclaimed 1831 novel Notre-Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo, Notre Dame de Paris features an international ensemble of singers, dancers and acrobats to tell the tale of the hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and his desperate love for the gypsy, Esmeralda.

Italian born Angelo Del Vecchio has a long professional history with Notre Dame de Paris, and is the only singer in the world to have performed the show in three languages. He first played the role of Quasimodo in 2011 in the tenth anniversary tour of the Italian version of the production (September 2012 – Verona Arena). Following this, he joined the international show (the English version) and performed in many Asian and European counties. Since 2014, he has taken part in the revival of the Notre Dame de Paris Original French Tour in South Korea, Taiwan and Lebanon.

Del Vecchio’s other credits include playing the role of Benvolio in Giulietta e Romeo, a popular opera, with which he toured around Italy in 2007 and 2008, and being part of the artistic cast of Rock Revolution as a soloist.

Hiba Tawaji plays Esmeralda, a role she has portrayed all over the world since 2016. Tawaji is a Lebanese trilingual (Arabic, French and English) singer and musical theatre actress. Famous for her multi-genre music, she was spotted very early on by one of the most influential producers, composers and pioneers of the musical theatre sector in the Arab world, Oussama Rahbani. She was entrusted with the lead role in five of the Rahbanis’ creations, and over the years became a real star in the Arab world.

Following this, Tawaji was keen to explore new horizons, and chose to make a move to France. She took a risk by participating in the fourth season of The Voice France, where she gained a huge public fan base and had strong media backing. Upon her exit at the semi-final stage, she was signed by leading label ‘Mercury’, and she is currently working on new music.

All the principals can be heard on the 2017 Notre Dame de Paris live cast recording which is widely available.

Ahead of the twentieth anniversary performance, producer Nicolas Talar said:

“Myself and our wonderful cast are delighted to be bringing this classic tale to London to celebrate the show’s 20th anniversary. Almost two centuries after the novel captured imaginations, we have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world with this fabulous show. And as an anniversary gift, and to show our excitement at bringing Notre-Dame de Paris to London, our first performance will be, we believe, the London Coliseum’s first ever one price performance at the amazing rate of £50, so we can share this story with as many people as possible. The earlier you book the better the seat you get.”

Having sold out performances across 16 countries and been translated into nine different languages, Notre Dame de Paris originally debuted at the Palais des Congrès in Paris, 1998. Following its opening, the production was commended in the Guinness Book of World Records 2000 for its record success for a musical during its first year.

The music is composed by Richard Cocciante, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon.

To watch trailer, click here.

Tickets: £15 to £125 (all preview tickets £50). To book, call 020 7845 9300 or visit londoncoliseum.org/.

Times:

Wednesday, January 23 at 2pm and 7pm
Thursday, January 24 at 7.30pm
Friday, January 25 at 7.30pm
Saturday, January 26 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Sunday, January 27 at 1pm