A poet, a soldier, a brawler… and a hopeless romantic – Cyrano de Bergerac comes to Northampton’s Royal and Derngate.
The theatre’s Made in Northampton 2015 season starts next month with the sweeping epic, Cyrano de Bergerac.
Anthony Burgess’ translation of Edmund Rostand’s classic play is a co-production with Northern Stage. Directed by Lorne Campbell, it takes to the Royal stage from April 3 before transferring to Newcastle.
A poet and a soldier, a brawler and an incurable romantic, Cyrano do Bergerac is a hero – the first among men but totally lost among women. He is blessed with being brilliant at everything and 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.
Afraid of confessing his love for fear of rejection, he becomes a protector and confidante. Christian, a 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 using his unequalled skill as a poet to write ravishing love letters between the two, with convoluted consequences.
The panache of one of literature’s most famous love triangles is brought to life in this epic production, staged with passion, bravado, joy and heartache. Duels are fought, honour defended, villains defeated, and cakes eaten.
Cyrano de Bergerac is directed by Northern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell, who said: “Cyrano is scaled up in every way, not just his nose, but his bravery and his vulnerability, his honour and his self-loathing, his soaring poetry and his profound inarticulacy.
“This is what I love about the play, it takes that ridiculous deluded mess of a person we all carry around inside ourselves and lets them out onto the stage, bigger and better while also more absurd and crippled than we could ever be.”
Cyrano is played by Nigel Barrett whose credits include Richard III – An Arab Tragedy, for Royal Shakespeare Company and Bouffes du Nord and The Passion where he played John the Baptist alongside Michael Sheen.
Cath Whitefield (Electra, The Gate, Othello, RSC) appears as Roxane and Chris Jared (All’s Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, RSC) completes the legendary love triangle as Christian.
Full cast: Nigel Barrett, John Paul Connolly, Chris Jared, George Potts, Cath Whitefield. Ensemble: Sian Armstrong, Samantha Bell, Kylie Ann Ford, Sisley Henning, Matt Howdon and James Hunter.
Cyrano de Bergerac runs at the R & D, from April 3-April 25 and plays at the Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, from April 29-May 16.