Swashbuckling new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac tours to The Lowry

Northern Broadsides and
New Vic Theatre to tour swashbuckling new adaptation of
Cyrano de Bergerac to The Lowry

Tue 18 – Sat 22 April 2017
Press night: Tue 18 April, 8pm

Northern Broadsides are set to join forces with the award-winning New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, to stage Cyrano at The Lowry. Cyrano is an exciting new adaptation by award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew (An August Bank Holiday Lark) of Edmond William classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac.

Directed by Northern Broadsides Resident director Conrad Nelson, the adaptation will be at The Lowry from Tue 18 – Sat 22 April 2017.

Set in the golden age of musketeers, Deborah McAndrew’s lively new adaptation brings fresh vigour to this swashbuckling tale of unrequited love. Add to this Northern Broadsides’ musical panache, acclaimed charisma and exuberant performance style and you have a delightful evening of pure drama that will lift your spirits and make your heart ache.

Director Conrad Nelson said: “The adaptation embraces the poeticism of Rostand’s drama, but does not confine itself to regular rhyming couplets of the original.  Poetry and prose combine in this vibrant, funny, romantic and heartbreaking adaptation. Debbie McAndrew has created a carefully crafted version that marries the energy and vibrancy of youth with the romance and classicism of the original.

“Broadsides are committed to producing high quality new adaptations and new writing for the stage. This is an ideal combination for Northern Broadsides of a classic play and a contemporary adaptation. It is a process in which McAndrew and I work closely to create a new premiere for the stage and celebrates a fourth foreign language collaboration featuring a bespoke marriage of text, musicality, wit and invention.”

Playing the title role will be Christian Edwards whose recent theatre includes playing Grantaire in the West End production of Les Miserables and most recently in The Winter’s Tale at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. Christian will be joined in the cast by Paul Barnhill (Brassed Off, Oldham Coliseum and the recent Steven Spielberg version of The BFG which he appeared alongside his daughter Ruby who played the lead role of Sophie. Paul will also be appearing in Spielberg’s next film  Ready Player One); Angela Bain (Made in Dagenham, Queens Theatre); Adam Barlow (The Merry Wives, Northern Broadsides);Andy Cryer (Consuming Passions, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough)Jessica Dyas (The Winter’s Tale, Northern Broadsides); Francesca Mills (A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, National Theatre, See How They Run, The Reduced Height Theatre Company, and Star Wars: Force Awakens);Michael Hugo (Around the Day in Eighty days, New Vic Theatre/ Royal Exchange); Anthony Hunt (The Commitments, West End); , Perry Moore(Peter Pan in Scarlet, New Vic Theatre); Robert Wade, Andrew Whitehead(Unsung, Liverpool Everyman Theatre) and newcomer Sharon Singh as Roxane.

Cyrano will be the first production of Northern Broadsides 25th anniversary year. The acclaimed company will be joining forces with Hull Truck Theatre, as part of Hull 2017, for a revival of its original production in 1992 – Richard III.