The Jamie Lloyd Company has announced that Golden Globe and Olivier Award nominee, James McAvoy, will lead a new production of Edmond Rostand’s celebrated play, Cyrano de Bergerac, freely adapted by Martin Crimp.
The production will run at the Playhouse Theatre from 27 November 2019 to 29 February 2020 and mark the first in a new season directed by Jamie Lloyd at the theatre.
Cyrano de Bergerac sees Jamie Lloyd and James McAvoy continue their long-standing collaboration following The Ruling Class and Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios, Three Days of Rain at Apollo Theatre and Heart of Darkness for BBC Radio 4.
The Jamie Lloyd Company, supported by British Airways, has also announced that it will be offering 15,000 free tickets to first time theatre-goers, invited through a special outreach programme, and 15,000 tickets for £15 for key workers, under 30s, and those receiving job seeker’s allowance or other government benefits.
Jamie Lloyd said today:
“I can’t wait to get back into the rehearsal room with James McAvoy, who shares my commitment to accessibility in the arts. In a radical move for the West End, we will invite thousands of people who have never visited a theatre before to experience our work, performed by world-class actors, for free. That’s 15,000 completely free tickets across the season, thanks to our relationship with Ambassador Theatre Group and the new partnership with British Airways. Every day, we talk about making theatre more accessible to absolutely everyone, but, inspired by free museum and gallery entry, I believe that true and meaningful access actually means free tickets. I hope that this inspires other theatre companies and producers to investigate similar schemes in the future, changing the landscape of West End theatre forever.”
Cyrano de Bergerac will include design by Soutra Gilmour, Lighting Design by Jon Clark, Sound and Composition by Ben and Max Ringham and Fight Direction by Kate Waters.
Tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac will be available to book from September 2019.
Individuals can register their interest here: https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/cyrano-de-bergerac/playhouse-theatre/