Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle under Lyme, join forces in a spring touring production bringing their celebrated musical panache, acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style to a swashbuckling tale of unrequited love set in the golden age of musketeers: “Cyrano de Bergerac“.
Paris, 1640. Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant poet and swordsman, finds himself deeply in love with his beautiful cousin Roxane. Each day of his life is lived only for her – every poem he writes, every duel he fights. Despite his dash and his dare, Cyrano is afraid of revealing his true feelings, certain she could never love him in return … for who would love a man with such an enormous nose?
The original play was written, in French, in 1897 by Edmond Rostand, entirely in rhyming couplets. There are several modern English translations, and film versions, the best known made in 1990 starring Gérard Depardieu; a rather silly American adaptation called “Roxanne”starred Steve Martin.
A new adaptation by Deborah McAndrew provides a delightful evening of pure drama that will lift your spirits and make your heart ache.
“Cyrano de Bergerac” tours around the region and beyond from Friday February 3 to Saturday May 27. Closest to us are the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough (April 4 to 8), and the York Theatre Royal (April 11 to 15). Bookings can be made on the individual theatre websites; for information on other venues and dates, please visit the Northern Broadsides website.