Cyrano De Bergerac

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© Jamie Mclaren

Time Out says  

Posted: Mon Aug 9 2010

Black and White Rainbow's recent 'Madness in Valencia' secured a West End berth after its stint at the White Bear; a partial recast and the company's take on Edward Rostrand's 'Cyrano De Bergerac' could easily follow suit.

Its chief asset is a superb central performance from Gwilym Lloyd as the eponymous swordsman-poet, a beautiful soul cursed with an unfortunate face. Conspicuously older than the rest of the cast, Lloyd doesn't just carry off his ludicrous prosthetic proboscis, but infuses Bergerac with such towering presence and heartbreaking dignity that he seems more real and in focus than the regular folk around him. He is never even slightly ludicrous, and this enables Simon Evans's production of Ranjit Bolt's solid verse translation to carry off the tricky transition from near farce to tragedy.

Unfortunately, with the notable exception of Iris Roberts' amusing, physical Roxanne, the rest of the cast are somewhat workmanlike in comparison. The weakest link is Philip Scott-Wallace's Christian: neither an idiot, nor a man much conflicted over enlisting Bergerac to woo Roxanne on his behalf, he is simply blandly nice, and lacks the chops to make this - admittedly far-fetched - character remotely credible. Nonetheless, he's rarely onstage without Lloyd or Roberts to make amends, and after a flabby start, this production tightens up nicely.

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