Reviewed by Ann Durrell
Cyrano tell the tale, loosely based on a real character, of Cyrano De Bergerac, a talented poet, swordsman and musician. Cyrano has it all, including a rather large (and famous) nose. A nose that only a mother could love, meaning despite his many gifts, he is completely unlucky in love. Cyrano is in love with his cousin Roxanne, the town beauty who is being chased by the very married and extremely scheming Count de Guiche. Enter Baron Christian De Neuvilette, a new recruit for Cyrano’s regiment of the guards. Christian catches the eye of the beautiful Roxanne who persuades the lovelorn Cyrano to protect him. What Christian lacks to capture the heart of Roxanne is the wit and talents of Cyrano, casting aside his own feelings, Cyrano pledges to help Christian win Roxanne’s heart, but will there be a happy ending… well that’s not for me to tell, you will have to see it yourself!
Deborah McAndrew has adapted the original French play by Edmond Rostand into English for this production by Northern Broadsides. If like me your first experience of the tale of Cyrano De Bergerac was the classic comedy starring the comedy genius of Steve Martin, you will not be disappointed.
A fun filled jaunty comedy (in the most, for those that know the full story) with dancing, singing and music, the entire cast really gave it 100%, you could feel their energy pulsing from the stage! The entire performance is written in rhymes, and excellently performed. I would want to name check the entire cast I enjoyed it that much, but pick a few and Michael Hugo as the drunk poet Ligniere is brilliant, Paul Barnhill’s Ragueneau equally as so. The ensemble never misses a beat, even when pulling off stage changes mid ditty.
I had quite a shock when Christian Edwards as Cyrano popped up right by my seat, managing thankfully not to nip me with his sword. The chemistry between him and Sharon Singh’s Roxanne is very believable, as is the interaction between all of the players.
Director and composer Conrad Nelson has done a brilliant job of staging this performance. It is a belly laugh when it needs to be and tear jerking during the more emotional acts. I would highly recommend catching Cyrano whilst it is on tour.
Tickets cost from £15.50 to £26.50 (booking fees may apply).
Cyrano is at The Lowry in Manchester from 18-22 April 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.thelowry.com or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000