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.
|Cyrano de Bergerac||Paul Bonnici|
|Christian de Neuvillette||Ian McDonald|
|Count Antoine de Guiche||Neil Fisher|
|Le Bret||Robin Winder|
| Mother Margaret
(playing Duenna, Cuigy & Carbonne)
| Sister Claire
(playing Ligniere, Montfleury, Musketeer & 1st Cadet)
| Sister Teresa
(playing Thief, Valvert, Lise, Clomire & 3rd Cadet)
(playing Busybody, Gremione, 1st Poet & 2nd Cadet)
(playing Brisaille, 2nd Poet, Priest, Sentinel)
(playing Orange-girl, 3rd Poet & 4th Cadet)