Cyrano de Bergerac

Jamie Lloyd's Olivier Award-winning production of Cyrano de Bergerac, starring James McAvoy, debuts in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Get Cyrano de Bergerac tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Cyrano de Bergerac is a play in which the title character is an intelligent and artistic man, but he believes himself unlovable. As such, he believes he cannot woo Roxane, the woman he loves. When his battle companion, Christian, confides in Cyrano that he has fallen in love with Roxane but lacks the words to express it, Cyrano volunteers to write letters to her in Christian's name. He gets to express his true feelings without risking getting hurt, even if it means letting Roxane go to another man.

The new version of Edmond Rostand's 1897 play has been adapted by Martin Crimp, taking plenty of liberties including the removal of Cyrano's most well-known feature: his large nose. In Rostand's original play, Cyrano believes his nose is what makes him ugly and unworthy of love; Crimp's version mentions this, but lets the audience imagine it. His Cyrano de Bergerac is also not a period piece that recreates the 17th century, when the real Cyrano lived. Instead, though still set during that time, the show is modernized, with the actors dressed in contemporary clothing. Staged swordfights and battles of wits remain, but the bulk of the story is told at microphones with slam poetry, rapping, and beatboxing.

Lloyd's Cyrano de Bergerac production first played London's West End in fall 2019. The play won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Revival, and McAvoy was nominated for Best Lead Actor. Cyrano de Bergerac played a monthlong return engagement on the West End and a weeklong run in Glasgow, Scotland, McAvoy's hometown, before opening in New York City.

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Photo credit: James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac. (Photo by Marc Brenner)

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Running time: 
2hrs 10mins (including 1 intermission)
About Cyrano de Bergerac:

Cyrano de Bergerac tells the story of a proud man who, believing himself unlovable, agrees to woo the woman he loves for another.

Edmond Rostand, adapted by Martin Crimp
The Jamie Lloyd Company
James Lloyd
Songs by:
Ben and Max Ringham
Jon Clark
Ben and Max Ringham
Soutra Gilmour
Soutra Gilmour
Cast list:
James McAvoy (as Cyrano de Bergerac), Michele Austin (as Ragueneau), Adam Best (as Le Bret), Sam Black (as Armand), Nari Blair-Mangat (as Valvert), Vaneeka Dadhria (as Beatboxer), Adrian Der Gregorian (as Montfleury), Tom Edden (as De Guiche), Eben Figueiredo (as Christian), Jon Furlong (as Annoying Person), Tazmyn-May Gebbett (as Minder), Carla Harrison-Hodge (as Denise), Mika Onyx Johnson (as Usher), Joseph Langdon (as Jean-Paul), Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (as Marie-Louise), Evelyn Miller (as Roxane), Nima Taleghani (as Ligniere), Brinsley Terence (as Theatre Owner)
Other info:
Fight movement by Kate Waters
Cyrano de Bergerac Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
April 5, 2022
May 22, 2022
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Nearest subway station:
Fulton St.

Latest Cyrano de Bergerac News & Features

James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac
James McAvoy to star in ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ off Broadway at BAM
October 29, 2021

James McAvoy will star in an Off-Broadway revival of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac in spring 2022 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Performances run from April 5 to May 22. 

Our Cyrano de Bergerac Review

Cyrano de Bergerac is having a pop culture moment lately. It's been 400 years since the real Cyrano lived and more than 100 since Edmond Rostand made his life into an 1897 play, but the skilled writer who, believing himself ugly and therefore unlovable, uses his talents to help another man woo his love was just the subject of a musical film starring Peter Dinklage. Now, British director Jamie... Read more

I wanted to like this production of Cyrano by The New Group, now playing Off-Broadway's Daryl Roth Theatre. I am a fan of Peter Dinklage (who has the briefest bio in the Playbill) having first seen him in the movie "Station Master." In addition, I heard great things about Erica Schmidt’s direction of Red Bull Theater’s Mac Beth earlier this. I was psyched.