Cyrano de Bergerac tells the tale of a French nobleman cursed with self-doubt over his exceptionally large nose. Originally set in 1640s France and written in the late 19th Century, Martin Crimp has adapted the old tale of love and insecurity. It was Martin Crimp who wrote When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, which ran at the National Theatre starring Cate Blanchett earlier this year.
Starring James McAvoy, who needs no introduction, this new production is directed by Jamie Lloyd, and will kick off his year-long residency at the Playhouse Theatre. The two have worked together before, in the West End production of Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios in 2013.
You’ll recognise James McAvoy from the big screen from the X-Men series, Atonement, Split and more recently IT Chapter Two. He’s no stranger to the West End, however, and his credits include The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre, and Breathing Corpses at the Royal Court.
The Cyrano de Bergerac is a fictionalised account of a real 17th-century French playwright and author. Quick-witted, quick with a sword and a heart the size of Paris, Cyrano should be a catch. But he just can’t get past his own appearance – especially that nose.
Can he win the heart of the woman he loves in a society riddled with superficiality and narcissists when he can’t get past his own face?
Cyrano de Bergerac has been revived many times in the West End and on Broadway as well as radio and film. But with the magical touch of Martin Crimp this new production is sure to bring new life to an old tale.
The show’s design is by Soutra Gilmour, lighting design by Jon Clark, sound and composition by Ben and Max Ringham, fight direction by Kate Waters and casting by Stuart Burt.