McAvoy will play the eponymous character of the tragic play, which is about a romantic poet and soldier who falls in love, but is too ashamed of his large nose to do anything about it.
Bergerac was written by Edmond Rostand in 1897, but has received a number of modern-day revivals and adaptations, including films starring Christopher Plummer, Derek Jacobi and Gerard Depardieu.
This new West End production is set to be as contemporary as it gets, with visionary theatre director Jamie Lloyd kicking off his year-long season of plays at the Playhouse Theatre. Lloyd is renowned for his modern take on classic plays, such as his Trafalgar Transformed seasons – which included a revival of Macbeth starring McAvoy in 2013, and his recent 'Pinter at the Pinter' season.
It will be McAvoy’s first stage appearance since starring in The Ruling Class, a production in Lloyd’s second 'Trafalgar Transformed' season, in 2015. The Split and X-Men star has previously appeared in productions of Romeo and Juliet, Privates on Parade and Three Days of Rain – the latter of which was again directed by Lloyd.
Further casting for the play is yet to be announced, but if Lloyd’s previous productions are anything to go by – 'Pinter at the Pinter' starred Lee Evans, Martin Freeman, Danny Dyer, Tamsin Greig and Jessica Barden, while his production of Betrayal starring Tom Hiddleston is currently on Broadway – audiences should be in for a treat.
When does the play run in London?
Cyrano de Bergerac is set to run at the Playhouse Theatre in the West End, just behind Charing Cross Station, from 27th November to 29th February 2020, with further productions in Jamie Lloyd’s season set to be announced.
How to get tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac?
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