Cyrano de Bergerac

By Glyn Maxwell adapted from the original play by Edmond Rostand

Directed by Helen Rasmussen

Cyrano Savinien Hercule de Bergerac was a writer of satire born in France in 1619.  His biography, on which this play is loosely based, was written by his friend Le Bret after de Bergerac’s death in 1655 aged just 36.

Having fought at the Battle of Arras in 1640 with Christian de Neuvillette and Antoine de Guiche, he retired from the army and was later killed at the hands of would be assassins, possibly targeting his then patron, the Duc D’Arpajon.

It is not documented if he had an affair with his cousin Catherine, on whom the character Roxane is based.

This well known story has been reproduced many times in film (mostly famous with Gerard Depardieu), theatre and ballet, this particular script having recently been performed on Radio4 with Tom Burke (Athos in the BBC’s Musketeers) in the eponymous role.

Cast List

 Cyrano de Bergerac Paul Bonnici
 Christian de Neuvillette Ian McDonald
 Count Antoine de Guiche Neil Fisher
 Le Bret Robin Winder
 Ragueneau Scott Peters
 Roxane Ghislaine Davis
 The Nuns:
 Mother Margaret
(playing Duenna, Cuigy & Carbonne)
Carey Brown
 Sister Claire
(playing Ligniere, Montfleury, Musketeer & 1st Cadet)
Michelle Edgington
 Sister Teresa
(playing Thief, Valvert, Lise, Clomire & 3rd Cadet)
Mabel Odonker
Sister Martha
(playing Busybody, Gremione, 1st Poet & 2nd Cadet)
Marie Belsey
Sister Agnes
(playing Brisaille, 2nd Poet, Priest, Sentinel)
Ruth Carden
Sister Rosa
(playing Orange-girl, 3rd Poet & 4th Cadet)
Fabienne Hanley

 



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