X-Men star James McAvoy will star in a new production of Edmond Rostand’s ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ in 2019.
The play will be the first in a new season at London’ Playhouse Theatre, which will run until August 2020, with new productions to be announced.
The production will be adapted by Martin Crimp(When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other), and sees another collaboration between McAvoy and director Jamie Lloyd (Pinter at the Pinter), following their work ‘The Ruling Class’ (Trafalgar Studios), ‘Three Days of Rain’ (Apollo Theatre) and ‘Heart of Darkness’ for BBC Radio 4.
Lloyd “can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room with James McAvoy, who shares my commitment to accessibility in the arts”.
Supported by the Ambassador Theatre Group and British Airways, the Jamie Lloyd Company will also be deepening its commitment to making theatre more accessible across their season at the Playhouse – offering 15,000 free tickets to first time theatre-goers (invited through a special outreach programme) and 15,000 tickets at £15 for key workers, under 30s, and those receiving job seeker’s allowance or other government benefits. Information about how to benefit from these tickets will be released in September.
Director Jamie Lloyd has been a leading voice stressing the importance of diversifying audiences for commercial theatre and has spoken out against the high cost of tickets.
Lloyd said: “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.”
He told the Stage in 2016: “There are a lot of companies and producers out there who will … effectively exploit the profile of actors in a show by charging tickets that are soaring way past the £100 mark, which I think is outrageous. If you have a big house, and if you’ve got a lot of seats, then your tickets should come down, they should not go up.”
‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ will run at the Playhouse Theatre from 6th December to 29th February, with previews from 27th November.
Tickets will go on sale in September.