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Cyrano de Bergerac single work   drama  
Adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac Edmond Rostand , 1898 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 Cyrano de Bergerac
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'SFJ’s winter season brings an exciting venture for the many thousands who heard or read about, but haven’t yet seen our acclaimed production of Cyrano de Bergerac, winner of the 2013 Sydney Theatre Award for Best Independent Production. One of the world’s most original and finely crafted romantic comedies; the tale of the beautiful Roxane and the man who would love her, but for his outrageous nose – the play that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language! Cyrano is a complete theatrical masterpiece.

'We are thrilled to announce that off the back of the huge success of Antigone and Of Mice of Men, Canberra Theatre Centre and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre have bought Cyrano for their 2017 seasons and we will bring this exceptional show back for a 2 week run on the big York Theatre stage at the Seymour Centre in June before going on the road. Damien Ryan’s new adaptation of the play won enormous acclaim in 2013 and we are thrilled to bring it to new Australian audiences.

You see it, but you’ll never have this plume,
It soars above the battle’s mud and ash,
It stays with me, one thing…
ROXANE: (kissing him)
                MY PANACHE!

'Cyrano’s ideas and concerns are simply and profoundly human – what does individualism mean and how do we remain faithful to what we believe in? What is love and how do we get past its clichés and false ideals? How does self-esteem define us all our lives? What is beauty? What drives male aggression? What is courage? And for Rostand, it was a passionate condemnation and plea for a France that he felt was losing its soul, its romance and its creativity to return to a more enlightened, brave and individual sense of its identity – its panache.' (Production summary)

Production Details

  • Ran from June 15, 2017 to September 16, 2017 at York Theatre, Seymour Centre, with the following cast & crew: 

    • Andrew Johnston
    • Barry French
    • Bernadette Ryan
    • Christopher Stalley
    • Christopher Tomkinson
    • Damien Ryan
    • Drew Livingston
    • Francesca Savige
    • James Lugton
    • John Turnbull
    • Julian Garner
    • Lizzie Schebesta
    • Madeleine Jones
    • Melanie Dobson
    • Scott Sheridan
    • Thom Blake
    • Tim Walter
    • Wendy Strehlow
    • Anna Gardiner - Designer
    • Damien Ryan - Director
    • Daniel Barber - Lighting Designer
    • David Stalley - Sound Design / Videography
    • Jeremy Page - Stage Manager
    • Katherine Holmes - Assistant Stage Manager
    • Lauren Holmes - Assistant Stage Manager
    • Rebecca Poulter - Production Manager
    • Rosalind Bunting - Scenic Artist
    • Scott Witt - Assistant Director / Fight Director

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Antigone & Cyrano de Bergerac : Two Adaptions for Sport for Jove Damien Ryan , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017 11629637 2017 selected work drama

    'Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is a child of war. Thousands of years ago she asked a question: What do we do with the body of the enemy, when this enemy is our brother? Damien Ryan’s new adaptation of Sophocles’ classic takes the conflicts of ancient Thebes and wrenches them passionately into the present. This story of war and its aftermath is a powerful yet vulnerable allegory about one of history’s most famous families. Sport for Jove’s production of Antigone won seven Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016.'

    'Cyrano de Bergerac is convinced that his outrageously-sized nose will forever stop him from being loved by Roxane, his intellectual and beautiful friend. But Roxane is in love—with Christian, a handsome yet inarticulate soldier in Cyrano’s regiment. Together, Christian and Cyrano make a flawless human. Edmond Rostand’s original 1890s tragicomic French masterpiece is the unique romance that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. This new adaptation by Damien Ryan brings the action forward to WWI, where Cyrano is a war poet like no other. Sport for Jove’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac won three Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013.' (Publication summaries)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2017
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