Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac

4.5 (32) · Classic Drama

James McAvoy stars in a new production of Edmond Rostand’s classic

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5 December 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“Jamie Lloyd got some stick a couple of weeks back for his failure to produce a play by a woman. It’s not a difficult thing to do, and it would be good to see the director who has done such great work with Pinter and brought young audiences into the West End turn his beady eye on texts penned by women. But while he ponders that leap, he is turning his attention to Edmond Rostand’s romp in a new version by Martin Crimp which stars James McAvoy, currently playing Lord Asriel in the BBC’s His Dark Materials. Lloyd and McAvoy have worked very productively together in the past so I’m looking forward to seeing McAvoy as the ardent lover who finds himself side-lined because of his big nose. This production is likely to reinvent the original stripping it of its swash and buckle to show the loneliness and insecurities lurking underneath.”
“James McAvoy's much anticipated return to the West End was always going to be a big deal. Following the fantastic response from the critics, this show is now sold out in advance but if you can get your hands on a return ticket on the night you won't regret it.”


James McAvoy stars in a new production of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, freely adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd, in November 2019.

Cyrano de Bergerac sees Jamie Lloyd and James McAvoy continue their long-standing collaboration following The Ruling Class and Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at Apollo Theatre and Heart of Darkness for BBC Radio 4. The production opens at the Playhouse Theatre on 6 December, with previews from 27 November and runs until 29 February.

Supported by British Airways, the Jamie Lloyd Company will also be deepening its commitment to making theatre more accessible, offering 15,000 free tickets to first time theatre-goers (invited through a special outreach programme) and 15,000 tickets at £15 for key workers, under 30s, and those receiving job seeker’s allowance or other government benefits. Information about how to benefit from these tickets will be released in September.

Critic reviews

James McAvoy is fierce in radical reboot of romantic classic

The Guardian

A very good James McAvoy stars in a piercingly perceptive production

The Independent

James McAvoy radiates charisma in Jamie Lloyd's stripped-down and shaken-up staging of Cyrano

The Stage

James McAvoy stuns in a piece of pure theatre

Evening Standard

James McAvoy triumphant

The Arts Desk

Captivating, moving and completely immersive

Broadway World

A bold and brave reimagining of a classic

Theatre Weekly

A triumph, a breathtakingly bold rethinking of a classic in resonant contemporary ways


James McAvoy shines as the lovelorn cavalier in this post–‘Hamilton’ take on the iconic French rhyming play

Time Out

James McAvoy left me speechless

The Telegraph

Eben Figueiredo and Anita-Joy Uwajeh's Christian and Roxane make youthful ardent lovers - but it is McAvoy who breaks your heart

London Theatre

Like the hero’s verbal fencing, the show is a palpable hit


Jamie Lloyd’s souped up verse drama


You can get high on this stuff

The Observer

Oh, spare us

The Sunday Times

It’s a zesty dish that leaves a slightly odd taste in places

London Box Office

Date & time

Show ended
Wed 27 Nov - Sat 29 Feb, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 50 mins


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