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Cyrano de Bergerac
This was semi-announced aeons ago, but it’s now confirmed: James McAvoy will team up with super-director Jamie Lloyd for the fourth time on stage to star as the eponymous big-nosed polymath hero of Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play, in a new translation by Martin Crimp. ‘Cyrano de Bergerac’ also marks the start of a brand new Jamie Lloyd Company season, its first proper one since the Trafalgar Transformed days. Nothing else has been announced yet but the season will run at the Playhouse until August 2020, which would suggest two further productions. In a major initiative, 15,000 free tickets will be given away across the entire season to secondary state schools and community organisations who otherwise would not have access to the theatre. There will also be 15,000 tickets for £15 for key workers, under 30s, and those receiving job seeker’s allowance or other government benefits. These will be for specific performances, in the case of ‘Cyrano’: Dec 2 (evening), Dec 12 (matinee), Dec 16 (evening) and Jan 6 (matinee). They will go on sale Nov 4 via a special link on the ATG Tickets website. Other tickets go on general sale September 17 at 8.30am.
‘Ab Fab’ star Jennifer Saunders plays a ludicrous clairvoyant in this new production of Noël Coward's vintage comedy, which is coming to the West End after premiering at Theatre Royal Bath. ‘Blithe Spirits’ is a tale of the supernatural hijinks that ensue when a man accidentally summons up his dead ex-wife, and finds she's determined to put paid to his new marriage. Richard Eyre directs.