Alexis Michalik’s hilarious comedy and French theatre phenomenon, EDMOND DE BERGERAC, comes to Richmond Theatre from Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May featuring a star cast led by Henry Goodman, Freddie Fox, Josie Lawrence and Chizzy Akudolu.
The five-time Molière Award winning comedy is still widely performed today with the original production continuing to play to packed houses in Paris at the Theatre du Palais-Royale.
EDMOND DE BERGERAC is the hilarious story behind Cyrano de Bergerac. Set in Paris in 1897, playwright Edmond Rostand (Freddie Fox) is approaching his thirtieth birthday with no new plays but a whole lot of worries. He has not written anything in two years and in desperation has promised a new play to the acting superstar, Constant Coquelin (Henry Goodman). A desperate Edmond draws on his problems to write a new comedy. It will be an unbelievable tale about the demands of his producers, the whims of the actresses, the jealousy of his wife, his doubting colleagues and the romantic adventures of his best friend. It shall be called Cyrano de Bergerac!
Freddie Fox has had an extensive career in in Theatre, Film and TV. He has previously performed at Richmond Theatre alongside Rupert Everett in The Judas Kiss (2012). Other theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet, The Last 5 Years: The Musical, An Ideal Husband and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Television includes, Cucumber, The White House Farm Murders, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Miss Marple: Why They Didn’t Ask Evans and Any Human Heart. Film credits include, Black 47, The Riot Club, King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword, Victor Frankenstein and St Trinians II: The Legend Of Fritton’s Gold.
Henry Goodman appeared at Richmond in Broken Glass (1995) and Hysteria (1996). His other credits include Honour, The Winslow Boy, Duet for One, Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers, Art, Chicago, Yes, Prime Minister and The Merchant of Venice. He is the recipient of two Olivier Awards for his roles in Arturo Ui and Assassins respectively. Television includes ABC Murders, Snatch, Midsummer Murders, Hamilton Mattress, Murder Rooms, Dalziel and Pascoe, Cold Lazarus and Broken Glass. Film credits include, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Churchill: The Hollywood Years, The Life and Death of Peter Sellars, Notting Hill and Son of the Pink Panther.
Josie Lawrence’s stage credits include, Mother Courage, The Alchemist, D Not Feed, The King and I, Alarms and Excursions and Much Ado About Nothing. Television includes, EastEnders, Doctors, Casualty, Holby City, and Skins. Josie also has numerous improvisation credits including nine series of Whose Line Is It Anyway as well as an appearance in the live show in 2015-16. She has been a member of The Comedy Store Players since 1985.
Chizzy Akudolu’s theatre credits include, The Rec Room, Script Slam, King of the Castle, The Vagina Monologues, and Common Threads. Television credits include, Death in Paradise, Shakespeare and Hathaway, Stupid, EastEnders, The Inbetweeners and Unzipped with Miranda Hart. Film credits include, County Lines, In The Loop, Dustbin Baby, The Most Unromantic Man in the World and Jack Brown& the Curse of the Crown. Chizzy is also a regular panellist on Loose Women and was a former contestant on the 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing.
The production has been translated by Jeremy Sans and will be directed by Roxana Silbert. Cast also includes, Delroy Atkinson as Monsieur Honoré; Gina Bramhill as Jeanne; Nick Cavaliere as Ange Floury; Simon Gregor as Marcel; Harry Kershaw as Jean; David Langham as George Feydeau; Robin Morrisey as Léo and Sarah Ridgeway as Rosemonde.