The Jamie Lloyd Company opens its residency at London’s Playhouse Theatre with a new version of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, starring Hollywood actor James McAvoy.
Cyrano de Bergerac sees Jamie Lloyd and James McAvoy continue their long-standing collaboration following The Ruling Class and Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at Apollo Theatre and Heart of Darkness for BBC Radio 4.
The play, adapted by Martin Crimp, opens at Playhouse Theatre in December and runs until the end of February.
It marks the first in a new season, directed by Jamie Lloyd, at the Playhouse Theatre which will run from November until August 2020.
Jamie Lloyd said: “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.