Review of ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’

A few of us from our English and Creative Writing group attended the New Vic
Theatre on Monday 6th February to watch ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’. This is a play adapted by
Deborah McAndrew and directed/composed by her husband Conrad Nelson. Deborah was
instantly recognisable to us all as a regular in Coronation Street in the 90’s, as she played a
character called Angie Freeman. ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ was performed by the award winning Northern Broadsides in a round theatre. Different props and lighting were used to set the scene for a variety of different places in Paris: a playhouse, a bakery, outside Roxanne’s window, the frontline and a nunnery.

‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ is set in Paris around 1640. Cyrano is a poet and is madly in
love with his cousin – Roxanne. However, he is reluctant to tell Roxanne of his feelings due to the fact he has an enormous nose! Cyrano becomes acquainted to Christian who Roxanne confesses her undying love for. With Christian’s good looks and the use of Cyrano’s poetic words he manages to marry Roxanne. However, with Cyrano and Christian both off to war, who will survive to win Roxanne’s heart once and for all. Will Roxanne ever know the truth about Cyrano’s feelings or will Christian run out of words. ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ is a musical
musketeer marvel. With poetic readings mixed with swashbuckler’s, bakers, and nuns, expect
a journey into the unknown. The actors that were exceptional were Cyrano and Monfleury as
they both had heavy dialogue mixed in with singing and playing musical instruments. They
were entertaining, comical, and dramatic. That nose is not to be missed!

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