“December 1897, Paris. Playwright Edmond Rostand is approaching his thirtieth birthday with no new plays but a whole lot of worries. He has not written anything in two years and in desperation has promised a new play to the acting superstar, Constant Coquelin.
A desperate Edmond draws on his problems to write a new comedy. It will be an unbelievable tale about the demands of his producers, the whims of the actresses, the jealousy of his wife, his doubting colleagues and the romantic adventures of his best friend. It shall be called Cyrano de Bergerac!”
Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Adam Blanshay Productions present the UK premiere of multi award-winning playwright Alexis Michalik’s play ‘Edmond de Bergerac’, as part of the REP’s 2019 season.
Winner of 5 Molière Awards in 2016, including Best New Play, this hilarious comedy continues to play to packed houses in Paris at the Théâtre du Palais-Royal. The play has been sold out since its opening night, and has just celebrated its 800th performance.
The cast is to feature Freddie Fox (The Riot Club, Pride) in the title role as Edmond Rostand. On stage, Fox has most recently starred in Oscar Wilde’s ‘An Ideal Husband’ at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, directed by Jonathan Church. Amongst other theatre highlights, Freddie was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2017 Olivier Awards for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s ‘Travesties’, directed by Patrick Marber and starring Tom Hollander in the West End, and won third place at the Ian Charleson Awards in 2016 for his performance in Romeo and Juliet at The Sheffield Crucible directed by Jonathan Humphreys.
Further casting is to include Chizzy Akudolu (Maria), Delroy Atkinson (Monsieur Honoré), Gina Bramhill (Jeanne), Nick Cavaliere (Ange Flourry), Henry Goodman (Constant Coquelin), Simon Gregor (Marcel), Harry Kershaw (Jean), David Langham (George Feydeau), Josie Lawrence (Sarah Bernhardt), Robin Morrissey (Léo) and Sarah Ridgeway (Rosemonde).
The play has been translated into English by Jeremy Sams, and will be directed by the REP’s Artistic Director and previous Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Roxana Silbert.
The play will run at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre from Friday 15th March to Saturday 30th March 2019, with an official opening night on Thursday 21st March.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 11am on Wednesday 24th October.
Further tour dates for the production are to include York Grand Opera House, Northampton Theatre Royal, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Richmond Theatre.
“Meet the man behind the nose!”
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 15th – 30th March –
York Grand Opera House, 1st – 6th April –
Northampton Theatre Royal, 8th – 13th April –
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 15th – 20th April –