A co-production with Northern Stage.
“I’m going to take the simplest approach to life of all… I’ve decided to excel in everything.”
Cyrano de Bergerac: a poet and a soldier, a brawler and an incurable romantic… a hero. The first among men and totally lost among women. Blessed with being brilliant at everything, cursed by having the biggest nose in all of France.
Cyrano is hopelessly in love with Roxane, his equal in wit but every bit as beautiful as he is ugly. He dare not confess his love for fear of rejection, so instead becomes a protector, a confidante and friend. Christian, a young handsome cadet but not the sharpest sword in the armoury, catches Roxane’s eye and she begs Cyrano to keep him safe. With his mighty heart breaking, Cyrano sets about his task, using his unequalled skill as a poet to write ravishing love letters between the two, with convoluted consequences.
The wit and panache of literature’s most loved cavalier is given new life in Anthony Burgess’ translation of Edmond Rostand’s classic novel. Directed by Northern Stage’s Lorne Campbell, this sweeping and swaggering epic fills the stage with passion, bravado, joy and heartache.
Duels are fought, honour defended, villains defeated, and cakes eaten.
Click here to watch Director Lorne Campbell sharing his thoughts about the show
“THE BOUNCE AND BRILLIANCE OF ANTHONY BURGESS’ TRANSLATION” WHATSONSTAGE.COM
★★★★ "DEEPLY MOVING"
★★★★ "AN EFFORTLESSLY COOL AND STYLISH PRODUCTION... FULLY DESERVES TO BE SEEN"
The Public Reviews
“BARRETT’S CYRANO IS HYPNOTICALLY UNDERSTATED, GENTLY GENEROUS”
"BARRETT IS ABSOLUTELY TREMENDOUS IN THIS TITLE ROLE... ROXANE IS CHIRPILY STRONG-WILLED AND TURNS UP ON THE VERY BATTLEFIELD TO JOIN HER LOVER; CATH WHITEFIELD PLAYS HER VERY BEGUILINGLY IN BLACK TIGHTS, AND ACHIEVES GENUINE DIGNITY IN THE FINAL FIFTEEN-YEARS-ON SCENES IN THE CONVENT WITH SICK IMPOVERISHED OLD CYRANO"
Libby Purves, TheatreCat
"TELLS THIS ICONIC STORY IN A FRESH AND INVENTIVE WAY"
NIGEL BARRETT’S POWERFUL CYRANO – SEEMINGLY FIRED BY ELEMENTAL ENERGIES, EQUALLY CREDIBLE AS SWASHBUCKLING SWORDSMAN AND TENDER, PASSIONATE (OCCASIONALLY RAPPING) POET... THIS HIGHLY THEATRICAL CO-PRODUCTION BETWEEN ROYAL AND DERNGATE AND NORTHERN STAGE, AS DIRECTED BY LORNE CAMPBELL, EMBODIES IT WITH PANACHE”
Kylie Ann Ford
Cyrano de Bergerac
John Paul Connolly
James Laurence Hunter