May 5, 2022 2.00 pm

Hunchback of Notre Dame cast looking for bride and groom winners of ‘ugly gargoyle face’ photo contest

Perhaps the most bizarre story of the year…

The cast of upcoming Lincoln Cathedral production The Hunchback of Notre Dame have issued a public appeal to help find a couple who won a ‘pull your ugliest gargoyle face’ competition – stopping to strike a pose on their way to get married!

On Saturday, April 30, in anticipation for the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, cast members sang from Lincoln Cathedral’s rooftops and promoted the show, as well as hosting a quirky competition for the public.

Passers-by were invited to pose in a portrait and pull their ugliest gargoyle face, with the winners being given two free tickets to the show’s opening night on May 23.

More than 40 photos were taken, including this one. | Photo: University of Lincoln

More than 40 pictures were taken and the winners were, remarkably, a couple dressed in wedding attire, who had stopped off to pose for the photo ON THEIR WAY to the church to get married.

However, they did not leave their names and details before departing, and now the hunt is on to try to locate them and give the couple their well-earned prizes.

Another photo that missed out on victory. | Photo: University of Lincoln

An appeal has been made to the people of Lincoln to help the cast and crew track down this happy couple. If you know who they are, or even are the bride and groom in question, contact [email protected] to claim your tickets.

Members of the public were getting involved in the competition. | Photo: University of Lincoln

Richard Askam, cast member said: “It was a brilliant morning, Quasimodo and Esmerelda sang to the whole of Lincoln from on high the West Front of the Cathedral, and passers by really got into the spirit of ‘The Feast of Fools’, many of whom pulled some truly hideous faces.

“The lucky couple we spoke to said they loved musicals, and what better wedding gift for them than two free tickets to the opening night of the production. So please, if anyone knows who they are, tell us, so we can make an already spectacular night extra special for them.”

Playing Quasimodo is second year University of Lincoln student Andre Buhagiar | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is running for 12 nights at Lincoln Cathedral from May 23 to June 4. Though some nights are already sold out, tickets remain available from the Box Office at the cathedral’s website, or by calling 01522 561644.