Monday, December 16, 2019
Cyrano de Bergerac @ Playhouse Theatre. The whole ensemble was great but it's McAvoy who is on top form; fierce, aggressive, playful and seductive. It's a corker of a performance.
Starring James McAvoy, this, Jamie Lloyd’s latest production, is anything but classically staged though.
Master playwright Martin Crimp's brilliant English rhyming text, the sparse set, the cast in modern dress all see the play reimagined as a poetry jam cum rap battle; here words are used was weapons.
The plot centres on Cyrano (McAvoy), a French soldier poet who, in 1640, falls in love with his cousin Roxane (Anita-Joy Uwajeh) but is too shy to tell her because his huge nose (here imagined rather than real) makes him feel ugly. When, however, she confides in him that she loves Christian (Eben Figueiredo), a young new recruit, a fascinating triangle develops. Christian is handsome, but not very good with words, so Cyrano becomes his proxy go-between.
The whole ensemble was great but it's McAvoy who is on top form; fierce, aggressive, playful and seductive. It's a corker of a performance.