NT Encore: Cyrano De Bergerac

James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation, broadcast live to cinemas from the Playhouse in the West End.

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Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano de Bergerac almost has it all - if only he could win the love of his cousin Roxanne. There’s just one problem: he has a notoriously, lampoonably large nose. When the handsome but pedantic Christian falls for Roxanne, he enlists Cyrano to help him win her heart. 

Edmond Rostand’s classic has inspired a number of different treatments, from a faithful film with Gérard Depardieu to Steve Martin's cherishable Roxanne.  Here it is up-dated by Martin Crim with high profile casting  and minimalist staging - all the better to focus on the elegance of the language, which is more authentically Cyrano's distinguishing feature than his exceeding large nose.  Or, as the NT puts it:  "This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds."

This will be showing as an Encore screening, a recording of the live performance and including all the additional material that makes the National Theatre screenings so special.


Film Information

180 mins

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