What did critics think of James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac?
James McAvoy stars as the titular poet in Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre, marking the first production in Jamie Lloyd’s season at the West End venue. Transforming Edmond Rostand’s 19th-century text, Martin Crimp’s adaptation fuses original poetics with rap stylings to create a refreshing play where beatboxing and storytelling come alive.
Returning to the West End, McAvoy reunites with director Jamie Lloyd having worked on Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios together. He’s joined by Anita-Joy Uwajeh as Roxane and Eben Figueiredo as Christian.
Read what theatre critics had to say about Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre and book your tickets now!
Cyrano de Bergerac reviews – What the critics said
“Presented in a new, “freely adapted” version by Martin Crimp, it is colloquial and modern, and spoken in a version of rap… McAvoy is a compulsively watchable actor who brings a vital sense of both energy and danger to the stage.
“James McAvoy proves a revelation in a super-smart stripped-back Cyrano that turns the play on its head and left me speechless with admiration.”
Lloyd’s production feels thrillingly reflective of contemporary London, yet also true to the Parisian original, and there is even a sly reference to ‘cultural appropriation’ to acknowledge its white creators’ use of street slang, hip-hop stylings and occasional beatboxing.”
“This is a ferociously good revival from Jamie Lloyd, that almost totally reclaims, reinvents and reinvigorates a play so engrimed in period camp that it can sometimes feel like a chore to even remember it exists. Lloyd’s Cyrano has an austere, angular, edgy aesthetic”