James McAvoy returns to the West End in a radical reboot of Edmond Rostand’s CYRANO DE BERGERAC.
Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the play received critical acclaim on its last London outing, with critics calling it “funny, thrilling and deeply moving” (Whatonstage). This new adaptation by Martin Crimp is a “super-smart stripped-back Cyrano that turns the play on its head“ (The Telegraph).
Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of De Bergerac – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
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What is Cyrano de Bergerac about?
In this reinvented production, Jamie Lloyd drops the big prosthetic nose to get to the very essence of what the play is about: masking our deepest insecurities. It is also a play about the dangerous lure of language, and its capacity to both enchant and deceive.
James McAvoy’s take on Cyrano was called “a revelation” when it played to sold-out audiences at the Playhouse Theatre in 2020. McAvoy, whose screen credits include the X-Men series and M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and the follow-up Glass, is also currently starring in the BBC/HBO fantasy series His Dark Materials.
The Jamie Lloyd Company is no stranger to playwright Harold Pinter’s work. His production of Betrayal, starring Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, recently received critical acclaim on the West End and Broadway. Before that, his Pinter at the Pinter season saw the director occupy the Harold Pinter Theatre for four months, staging all six of Pinter’s short plays.
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Approx. 2 hours 50 minutes including interval
Cast & Creatives
From the 2019/2020 run at the Playhouse Theatre
James McAvoy (Cyrano), Adam Best (Le Bret), Adrian Der Gregorian (Montfleury), Anita-Joy Uwajeh (Roxane), Carla Harrison-Hodge (Denise/Medic), Chris Fung (Usher), Eben Figueiredo (Christian), Kiruna Stamell (Marie-Louise), Michele Austin (Ragueneau), Nari Blair-Mangat (Valvert), Nima Taleghani (Ligniere), Philip Cairns (Referee), Sam Black (Armand/Priest), Seun Shote (Theatre Owner), Tom Edden (De Guiche)
Edmond Rostand (Playwright), Martin Crimp (Adapted by), Jamie Lloyd (Director), Soutra Gilmour (Design), Ben and Max Ringham (Sound and Composition), Jon Clark ( Lighting Design), Stuart Burt (Casting), Kate Waters (Fight Direction)
*Suitable for ages 12+. This production contains swearing and full nudity.