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A Cyrano for the 21st Century

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NTLive brings a daring new adaptation of a well-loved play to the Merlin on Thursday 20th February.

Written in 1897 and set in the swashbuckling 17th century, Cyrano de Bergerac has been a favourite stage play for over 100 years, inspiring numerous film versions and adaptations of the original story. But don’t expect period dress, elaborate sets or even fake noses in this new ‘re-imagining’ from NTLive, broadcast live from the West End in London

Director Jamie Lloyd and adapter Martin Crimp have reworked Edmond Rostand’s verse drama about a soldier-poet with an enormous nose into a modern dress ‘stripped-back, street-style rap battle’ (Guardian review) which still captures the spirit of the original. The London Evening Standard reviewer says of the production, ‘complex ideas about love, literature, body image and truth are expressed in its dizzyingly clever rhymes, but essentially it remains a captivating, tragicomic romance. 

Cyrano is missing one thing in life – the love of Roxane. Can he win her heart through his mastery of language? Heading a diverse cast, James McAvoy gives a powerful performance in this piece of pure theatre. Recommended 15+, tickets £16 (conc £10.50).

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