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Cyrano De Bergerac


Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE 0844 871 7631

Cyrano De Bergerac
  • Synopsis
  • Theatremonkey show opinion
  • Reader reviews
  • Performance schedule
  • Ticket prices

CONTAINS STRONG LANGUAGE AND NUDITY. NOT SUITABLE FOR THOSE AGED UNDER 12 OR THE EASILY OFFENDED.
Ends 29th February 2020.

Can a huge heart (and even bigger nose) win the fair Roxane?

Martin Crimp's new version of the French classic stars James McAvoy. Jamie Lloyd directs.

(seen at the afternoon performance on 1st February 2020)
This is about words, beautiful words. A theatrical experiment rather than the story-telling we are used to. Yes, you get the bones of the story and it's easy enough to follow most of the time, but mainly it is about ideas and not the original play.

Michele Austin is Leila Rageneeau a teacher, Adam Best is Le Bret, a commander. The yin and the yang. One extracts poetry, the other revenge.

The rest are either Leila's students or Le Bret's soldiers. The crossover is the relationships between men and women, including the Cyrano (James McAvoy) / Roxane (Anita-Joy Uwajeh) / Christian (Eben Figueiredo) triangle.

Everything plays out on an almost bare stage, microphones and beatbox (Vaneeka Dadhria) setting the tone and rhythm. The seduction scene is simple and particularly effective.

Performances are universally fine, the trio standing out (McAvoy acknowledging "in character" audience acclaim at one point). Good support from the tribal leaders mentioned, and noticeable work too from Carla Harrison-Hodge as student Denise and Philip Cairns as Jean Paul.

Somewhat overlong, and if you are used to theatrical tricks and techniques there's nothing new. The difference is the way director Jamie Lloyd deploys his troup - literally at times. Probably going to irritate purists, but for those willing to make the leap into the world of the hippest hip-hop it's a whole new approach well worth catching.

Legacy reader reviews

What we could see of the play was great but had to sit forward and lean over the whole show. I’m only 5’4 and my legs were squashed against the chair in front.

I was emailed on Wednesday (tickets for Saturday) to say I’d been given a partial refund and would get a free drink and programme. I accepted this after phoning to see if there were better seats available - but obviously, that close to the show, there wasn’t.
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Arrived for Cyrano de Bergerac at 6.30am this morning (15th February 2020) and was 3rd in the queue. 1st person arrived around 6.10am, and there were maybe 20-25 people by the time the box office opened. Amazing show though, well worth having to getting up in the middle of the night!

 

The monkey advises checking performance times on your tickets and that performances are happening as scheduled, before travelling.

Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Runs 2 hours 50 minutes approximately.

No 2.30pm performance on 27th February 2020.

Theatres use "dynamic pricing." Seat prices change according to demand for a particular performance. Prices below were compiled as booking originally opened. Current prices are advised at time of enquiry.

Monday to Thursday:
 Stalls

 Rows A to N: £72.50 except
 "Premium Seats" row H 7 to 18: £125
 "Premium Seats" row E 16, 17; F 7 to 18; G 7 to 14;J 6 to 17: £99.50
 "Package Seats" row C 5 to 14; G 15 to 18: £144.50
 "Package Seats" row F 21 to 24; G 1 to 4, 23, 24; J 20, 21: £132.50
 "Package Seats" row E 6 to 15; L 7, 8, 21, 22: £97.50
 "Package Seats" row H 1, 2; K 3, 4: £82.50
 Rows P and Q: £62.50 except
 "Package Seats" row P 1 to 4: £77.50
 
 Dress Circle
 Centre block
 Rows A to J: £72.50 except
 "Premium Seats" row B 3 to 11: £125
 "Premium Seats" row C 3 to 11; D 7 to 15; E 6 to 12: £99.50
 "Package Seats" row E 13 and 14: £144.50
 "Package Seats" row B 1, 2, 12, 13: £97.50
 Row A 1, 2, 28, 29: £62.50
 
 Side blocks:
 Rows D to K: £52.50 except
 Rows F and G 4 to 7, 21 to 24; H and J 6, 7, 21, 22: £72.50
 
 Upper Circle:
 Centre block
 Row B 10 to 15; C 10 to 16; D 10 to 17; E 8 to 16: £62.50
 Row F 7 to 16; G 6 to 16; H 5 to 16: £42.50
 Row A 10 to 16; J 4 to 16: £32.50
 
 Side blocks
 All seats: £32.50 except
 Row A 3 to 9, 17 to 23; B 3 to 8, 17 to 22; C 3 to 8, 18 to 23; D 2 to 8, 19 to 23: £42.50
 Row A 1, 2, 24, 25; B 1, 2, 23, 24; C 1, 2, 24, 25; D 1, 24, 25: £15
 
 Boxes:
 Not on sale.
 
 
 
 Friday and Saturday:
 Stalls

 Rows A to P: £77.50 except
 "Premium Seats" rows G and H 5 to 20: £125
 "Premium Seats" row E 4, 5, 18, 19; F 5 to 20; J 4 to 9, 14 to 19; K 5 to 20: £99.50
 "Package Seats" row C 5 to 14; J 10 to 13: £144.50
 "Package Seats" row E 20 to 23; G 1 to 4: £137.50
 "Package Seats" row E 6 to 17; L 7, 8, 15, 16, 21, 22: £102.50
 "Package Seats" row G 21, 22; K 3, 4: £92.50
 Row Q: £62.50 except
 "Package Seats" row Q 21 to 24: £82.50
 
 Dress Circle
 Centre block
 Rows A to J: £77.50 except
 "Premium Seats" row C 1 to 13; D 5 to 17: £125
 "Premium Seats" row B 1 to 11; E 4 to 16; F 8 to 20: £99.50
 "Package Seats" row B 12, 13: £144.50
 Row A 1, 2, 28, 29: £67.50
 
 Side blocks:
 Rows D to K: £67.50 except
 Rows F and G 4 to 7, 21 to 24; H and J 6, 7, 21, 22: £77.50
 
 Upper Circle:
 Centre block
 Row B 10 to 15; C 10 to 16; D 10 to 17; E 8 to 16: £67.50
 Row F 7 to 16; G 6 to 16; H 5 to 16: £47.50
 Row A 10 to 16; J 4 to 16: £37.50
 
 Side blocks
 All seats: £32.70 except
 Row A 3 to 9, 17 to 23; B 3 to 8, 17 to 22; C 3 to 8, 18 to 23; D 2 to 8, 19 to 23: £47.50
 Row A 1, 2, 24, 25; B 1, 2, 23, 24; C 1, 2, 24, 25; D 1, 24, 25: £15
 
 Boxes:
 Not on sale.
 

"Day Seats": A small number of seats - usually 7 in row A front row stalls - are available to personal callers at the box office before the performance on the day from 10am, priced £15 each. Limited to 1 or 2 tickets per person. The monkey always advises taking both cards and cash in case one is preferred over the other. Check with the box office before travelling if this policy is still in operation.

Every Monday, some tickets at £15 - location at venue discretion - will be released at noon for the following week for key workers, those aged under 30 and those on any government benefits. Tickets can be booked online at atgtickets.com, and proof of entitlement will be required when collecting.

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