Cyrano De Bergerac – Presented by the Jamie Lloyd Company
The Jamie Lloyd Company is an enormously successful partnership between the Ambassador Theatre Group and the talented Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd. They're thrilled to announce that the Golden Globe and Olivier Award nominated James McAvoy will play the lead role in Edmond Rostand’s brilliant Cyrano de Bergerac, adapted by Martin Crimp. This production marks the first in a brand new season directed by Jamie Lloyd at the Playhouse Theatre.
Jamie Lloyd and James McAvoy have worked together many times before on plays including The Ruling Class at Trafalgar Studios, Macbeth at the same venue, Three Days of Rain at the Apollo and more. Jamie Lloyd himself is famously keen to make theatre more accessible, as is McAvoy, and a partnership between Lloyd and British Airways means there are 15,000 free tickets available to first time theatre-goers, plus 15,000 tickets for £15 aimed at London's key workers, under 30s, and people on benefits.
This is the first time that thousands of theatre novices will be invited to enjoy a show for nothing. Hopefully this unique joint initiative they've created between them will spread to other West End venues, enrich the lives of thousands of Londoners, and breathe new life into theatreland as a whole. By all accounts Jamie Lloyd can't wait to start rehearsals with McAvoy.
The show comes with design by Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Design by Jon Clark, Sound and Composition by Ben and Max Ringham, and Fight Direction by Kate Waters. Martin Crimp, who adapted the show, has an impressive background studded with hits like When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, In the Republic of Happiness, Play House, The City, and Fewer Emergencies, to name just a few of an enormous portfolio.
James McAvoy plays Cyrano de Bergerac, with top class theatrical credits including The Ruling Class, Macbeth, Breathing Corpses, Privates on Parade and many more theatre hits behind him. On TV he has wowed audiences with roles in Watership Down, Shameless, Early Door, State of Play and more. And on the big screen he's loved for roles in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Glass, Sherlock Gnomes, Submergence, Atomic Blonde, Split... and that's just for a start. Jamie Lloyd directs, the respected creator of Betrayal, Pinter One, Two, Three, Six and Seven, The Maids, The Ruling Class, Richard III, The Pride, The Hothouse, Macbeth... the list goes on and on.
The story? A dashing officer of the guard and romantic poet, the large-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac is secretly in love with his cousin Roxane. Will she reject him because of his massive nose? He's too scared to find out so he writes letters to Roxane on behalf the young army cadet Christian, who is also in love with her. She falls for the letters' extraordinary charm, believing they're written by the less-than-poetic written by Christian, and marries. Cyrano keeps his secret, even when tragedy strikes.
Who is this show for?
This dazzling classic is probably best suited to people aged 14 or more.
by Phil Willmott | Monday, August 5 2019, 10:48
The news that popular theatre director, Jamie Lloyd is to take up another residency is good news for the West End. He provided a string of star-led quality productions at the the Trafalgar Studios, at the Duke of York’s and his Harold Pinter season has been a big hit. It seems he’s now to present a season of plays at the Playhouse Theatre.Director Jamie Lloyd to Make 15,000 tickets Free to First Time Theatre Goers