This week we were treated to a brand new co-production between the excellent Northern Broadsides and the New Vic Theatre. Cyrano has been newly adapted by award winning playwright, Deborah McAndrew.
If the name sounds familiar, It’s an adaption of Cyrano de Bergerac – Edmond Rostand’s classic romantic comedy from 1897, brought up to date once more with the skill of an exceptionally talented writer.
The play follows Cyrano, a guardsman who has it all. Incredible wit, enviable sword skills and a silver tongue. His romantic use of language is enough to woo any fair maiden. Unfortunately for him his comic-sized nose stands in the way of him and his true love, Roxanne.
Accepting his fate he helps Christian, who he feels is far more easy on the eye, to gain Roxanne’s love instead.
The play is emotive, lighthearted, sad and funny. It has something for everyone.
It’s set in France, but this is only partly alluded to. It’s as much a modern fairytale as it is a serious play. The set is simple and effective, a detailed decorative floor is all that is really needed to set the scene of this play. Stunning costumes compliment the set to bring the play to life.
Conrad Nelson directs (having also composed the score) and is clearly a craftsman, truly compliments this script in every way.
Christian Edwards as Cyrano is confident and comfortable in the role, which he plays very well.
It is always a treat to see Michael Hugo, such an asset to any show. This time in the sidekick role but as ever, impossibly likeable. Whether serious or comical, he is totally consuming. He is also given some freedom at the interval which is a treat in itself.
In a production bursting with talent, Francesca Mills provides the icing on the cake. Absolutely playing to her strengths, she has perfected her comic timing, mannerisms and expressions – providing a very interesting and watchable supporting character.
This play is another top original from the New Vic and Northern Broadsides and their inspirational creativity will be enjoyed by everyone who sees them on this UK tour.
It plays the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme until Saturday 25th of February before touring to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Watford Palance Theatre, Liverpool Playhouse, The Dukes in Lancaster, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, York Theatre Royal, The Lowry, Everyman Cheltenham, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Viaduct Halifax, Derby Theatre and Oxford Playhouse.
Plenty of opportunities to see it until May 2017. For full tour information and how to buy tickets, visit Northern Broadsides.