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James McAvoy will open Jamie Lloyd’s new season in Cyrano de Bergerac.

James McAvoy will open Jamie Lloyd's new season in Cyrano de Bergerac.

James McAvoy to open Jamie Lloyd season in Cyrano De Bergerac

Eleni Cashell

By Eleni Cashell First Published 29 July 2019, Last Updated 30 July 2019

The dynamic duo of James McAvoy and Jamie Lloyd are reuniting on the West End stage for the first time in six years.

James will star in the opening production of Jamie’s West End season, taking the lead role in Cyrano De Bergerac. The show will open on the 6 December, (previews from 27 November) and will run until 29 February.

Cyrano De Bergerac will form part of a Jamie Lloyd season at the Playhouse Theatre from November 2019 to August 2020, and further productions will be announced. The play was originally written by Edmond Rostand, but this version has been freely adapted by Martin Crimp (When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other).

An Olivier Award nominee, James has previously starred in several of Jamie’s productions, including Three Days Of Rain, The Ruling Class and Macbeth. Jamie is also currently directing the production of Evita at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, with tickets on sale now.

The Jamie Lloyd Company, supported by British Airways, deepens its commitment to making theatre more accessible, offering 15,000 free tickets to first time theatre-goers, invited through a special outreach programme and 15,000 tickets for £15 for key workers, under 30s, and those receiving job seeker’s allowance or other government benefits.

Jamie Lloyd says, “I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room with James McAvoy, who shares my commitment to accessibility in the arts. In a radical move for the West End, we will invite thousands of people who have never visited a theatre before to experience our work, performed by world-class actors, for free. That’s 15,000 completely free tickets across the season, thanks to our relationship with Ambassador Theatre Group and the new partnership with British Airways.

“Every day, we talk about making theatre more accessible to absolutely everyone, but, inspired by free museum and gallery entry, I believe that true and meaningful access actually means free tickets. I hope that this inspires other theatre companies and producers to investigate similar schemes in the future, changing the landscape of West End theatre forever.”

Tickets for Cyrano De Bergerac will be available to book from September 2019.

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