NT Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

180 mins.
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
2020
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James McAvoy (X-MEN, ATONEMENT) returns to the stage in an inventive adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast to cinemas from London’s West End.

Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all—if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano—or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?

Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp and directed by Jamie Lloyd (BETRAYAL). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

Approximate runtime of 180 minutes includes one intermission.


“You’re likely to leave the theater with words, spoken and unspoken, resounding in your ears—glorious, pyrotechnic words ringing, exploding and shape-shifting forever and ever.” Ben Brantley, New York Times


This National Theatre Live presentation, recorded live in February 2020, was scheduled to play at Amherst Cinema later that spring. Needless to say, those screenings never happened. We're excited to finally bring this production to our big screen.