Edmond de Bergerac, Alexis Michalik’s hilarious comedy and French theatre phenomenon, will have its UK première at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from 15 – 30 March with a star cast led by Freddie Fox as Edmond Rostand, alongside Henry Goodman as Constant Coquelin, Josie Lawrence as Sarah Bernhardt and Chizzy Akudolu as Maria.
The five-time Molière Award winning comedy will then tour to York Grand Opera House, Northampton Theatre Royal, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Richmond Theatre.
This English language première has a new translation by Jeremy Sams and is directed by the current Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep, Roxana Silbert.
The cast also features Delroy Atkinson as Monsieur Honoré; Gina Bramhill as Jeanne; Nick Cavaliere as Ange Floury; Simon Gregor as Marcel; Harry Kershaw as Jean; David Langham as George Feydeau; Robin Morrisey as Léo and Sarah Ridgeway as Rosemonde.
Edmond de Bergerac is the hilarious story behind Cyrano de Bergerac. Set in Paris in 1897, playwright Edmond Rostand (Freddie Fox) is approaching his thirtieth birthday with no new plays but a whole lot of worries. He has not written anything in two years and in desperation has promised a new play to the acting superstar, Constant Coquelin (Henry Goodman).
A desperate Edmond draws on his problems to write a new comedy. It will be an unbelievable tale about the demands of his producers, the whims of the actresses, the jealousy of his wife, his doubting colleagues and the romantic adventures of his best friend. It shall be called Cyrano de Bergerac!
The original production of Edmond continues to play to packed houses in Paris at the Theatre du Palais-Royale.
Alexis Michalik will receive two UK premières of his work this season. Alongside Edmond de Bergerac at Birmingham Rep and on tour, Intra Muros will open at the Park Theatre, London from 3 April – 4 May, directed by Ché Walker.
Edmond de Bergerac will be designed by Robert Innes Hopkins. The movement director is Liam Steel and the composer is Dave Price. Sound design is by Dan Hoole and lighting design by Rick Fisher. Voice director is Stephen Kemble, casting director is Amy Ball and Jack McMahon is the assistant director.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre 15 – 30 March
York Grand Opera House 1 – 6 April
Northampton Theatre Royal 8 – 13 April
Cambridge Arts Theatre 15 – 20 April
Richmond Theatre 29 April – 4 May
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