“Notre-Dame de Paris”, a play adopted from Victor Hugo’s classic novel of the same name (which is better known to some by its English name The Hunchback of Notre-Dame), was staged by TNT Theatre at Beihang Sunrise Concert Hall on the evening of Nov. 12.
The play tells the ill-fated love story of Esmeralda and the hunchback Quasimodo. The gypsy Esmeralda fell in love with the handsome but frivolous Captain Phoebus. However, Archdeacon Claude Frollo was addictive to Esmeralda’ beauty and assassinated Phoebus who dated with Esmeralda. Esmeralda, who was sentenced to death as a murderer, was rescued by Quasimodo, an ugly but kind-hearted bell ringer, and hid in Notre Dame. After finding that Frollo had killed Esmeralda, Quasimodo angrily pushed him down and committed suicide beside Esmeralda.
During the performance, TNT Theater created an extremely surprising visual effect through elaborate stage settings. The actors and actresses impressed the audience with their passionate performances and rich body language, showing the characters perfectly to the audience and also won rounds of applause.
TNT Theatre was founded in 1980 in Britain. Paul Stebbings, as the artistic director of TNT Theater, has won numerous awards at exhibitions and festivals like the Munich Biennale, the Edinburgh Festival and the Tehran Festival. Other notable festivals that the theatre has participated in include the International Off-Broadway Festival in New York, the Tokyo International Theatre festival and the summer festival of the British National Theatre. TNT has also collaborated on co-productions with major venues such as the Athens Concert Hall and the St. Petersburg State Comedy Theatre. TNT Theatre has created a large number of French, Spanish and Russian plays. Among them, "Notre-Dame de Paris", directed by Paul Stebbings and acted by all French actors, is the representative of its French dramas.
Reported and edited by Song Chao
Translated by Zhao Yue