Roundabout Theatre Company has just announced that Tony® Award winner Douglas Hodge will star in a new Broadway production of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, with a translation by Ranjit Bolt and directed by Jamie Lloyd.
Cyrano de Bergerac will begin previews on September 14, 2012 and open officially on October 11, 2012 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through November 25, 2012. The full cast & design team will be announced soon.
About the casting and production, Roundabout's Aritistic Director Todd Haimes said “This production of Cyrano de Bergerac sprang from my desire to work with Doug Hodge. Doug is an incredibly skillful and highly-trained actor, and what we all saw him do in La Cage aux Folles was only a glimpse into his immense talent. We both wanted his return to Broadway to be in the kind of classic role and play that offer a worthy challenge. Cyrano is certainly a play that demands range from the title character, jumping from wordplay and swordplay to romance and tragedy in short order. The play has stood the test of time with good reason – it’s filled with beautiful, poetic language and vivid characters who only get more fascinating as we continue to see great actors take them on. I’m thrilled by the vision that Jamie Lloyd (who directed Doug in his tour-de-force performance of Inadmissible Evidence last year) has for Cyrano, and I think audiences are going to find themselves looking at this play in new ways.”
A enduring masterwork with some of the wittiest lines ever written for the stage, Cyrano de Bergerac is a clever and touching story about the power of love, the art of wordplay and the joy of finding what you’ve always wanted right under your nose. Cyrano's a nobleman with a head for poetry and a nose for miles. All of Paris adores him except for his true love Roxanne, who can’t see past his all-too-prominent facial feature. Instead, she falls for a handsome young cadet named Christian. But when Christian admits he’s tongue-tied with Roxanne, Cyrano gives him the romantic words guaranteed to win her heart. With Christian’s looks and Cyrano’s language, it’s a foolproof plan! Or is it?
Written by French poet-dramatist Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac wasfirst produced at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris on December 28, 1897 and had an American premiere on Broadway at the Garden Theatre on October 3rd 1898.
Douglas Hodge was most recently seen on Broadway in La Cage aux Folles and received a Tony® Award for his performance as “Albin.” This past season, Hodge was directed by Jamie Lloyd in a sold out run in John Osborne’s play Inadmissible Evidence at the Donmar Warehouse in London, in which he received an Olivier nomination.
Director Jamie Lloyd was Associate Director of the Donmar from 2008 to 2011. Jamie Lloyd's recent theatre credits include The Duchess of Malfi (Old Vic); She Stoops to Conquer (National, Olivier Theatre); The Faith Machine and The Pride (Royal Court; Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement for The Pride).
Only Roundabout subscribers have first access to tickets. To become a Roundabout Subscriber, visit www.roundabouttheatre.org or call Roundabout Ticket Services (212) 719-1300 today. Single Tickets will be available to the general public this summer.