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Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac - Edmond Rostand, Eteel Lawson, Lowell Bair

bookshelves: published-1897, fraudio, classic, france, spring-2010, poetry, play-dramatisation, re-read, swashbuckler, summer-2010, e-book, gutenberg-project

Read on April 05, 2010


re-read via Gutenberg Project on my nutty NUUT whilst sitting on a pink granite tump on the tiniest island imaginable, in the Skaggerak. Warm, windy and wine-y - holidays are good...

Intermittent internet access to laptop via dongle. My goodness but there is serious moneh cruising up and down these waters....
by Edmond Rostand
adapted for radio by John Tydeman

Blurb - Cyrano de Bergerac is, perhaps, the greatest classic romance. Set in 17th century France, it features the eponymous poet-swordsman with a misshapen nose but abundant panache who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Roxane. She, alas, loves another, the dashing Gascon soldier Christian de Neuvillette and Cyrano finds himself acting as the young suitor's ghost writer, pouring out exquisite love poems to win the day.
This production uses Anthony Burgess's fine verse translation of Rostand's ever-popular play. Cyrano is played by Kenneth Branagh, Roxane by Jodhi May and Christian by Tom Hiddleston. They make the most not only of the passion and poetry and the famously moving conclusion, but also the humour which threads through the play.

Cyrano Kenneth Branagh
Roxane Jodhi May
De Guiche John Shrapnel
Christian Tom Hiddleston
Rageuneau Jimmy Yuill
Montfleury Stephen Critchlow
Bellerose/Capuc Hugh Dickson
Le Bret Gerard Horan
Carbon/Cuigy John McAndrew
Ligniere Steve Hodson
Duenna/Marthe Frances Jeater
Mother Superior Susan Jamieson
Sister Claire Joannah Tincey
ValvertOliver Le Sueur

Director: David Timson

Engineer: Norman Goodman

Producer: Nicolas Soames
Broadcast on:
BBC Radio 3, 8:00pm Sunday 4th April 2010
135 minutes