Cyrano De Bergerac [Drama On 3]



by Edmond Rostand

adapted for radio by John Tydeman

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

RageuneauJimmy Yuill

MontfleuryStephen Critchlow

Bellerose/CapucHugh Dickson

Le Bret Gerard Horan

Carbon/CuigyJohn McAndrew

LigniereSteve 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

An Ukemi production for Radio 3.

A poet-swordsman with a mis-shapen nose falls in love with the beautiful Roxane.