Actor Brian Ferguson looks wryly at the camera whilst he wears a large false nose and sits in a Scottish cafe with a pie and chips on the pl

Cyrano de Bergerac

Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre present
Cyrano de Bergerac

By Edmond Rostand 
Translated by Edwin Morgan 

But think: your mooth, ma wurds, collaboration! She’ll melt, she’ll no resist that conflagration!

A passionate comedy of love, war and noses.

The hugely romantic Cyrano de Bergerac is given a Caledonian heart in a new production of Edwin Morgan’s legendary Scots translation directed by Citizens Theatre Artistic Director Dominic Hill.

The swashbuckling and flamboyant Cyrano has a personality as large as his nose but it’s this facial carbuncle that prevents him from revealing his love for Roxane. He lends his poetic skills instead to the more outwardly handsome Christian, who wins Roxane’s heart through his passionate ghost-written letters.

Through the years, Cyrano continues to put quill to parchment, risking his life in the process, to express his true feelings for the woman who sees him only as a rambunctious uncle until it’s almost too late…

An epic ensemble of actors and musicians use Morgan’s potent Scots verse to create a fresh take on this enduringly popular classic, first seen in a legendary production by Communicado 25 years ago. Brian Ferguson (A Number) plays the irresistible title character, while Tom Piper (Rhinoceros) designs a breath-taking set, with costumes from iconic British fashion designer Pam Hogg.

Co-produced with National Theatre of Scotland and Citizens Theatre.

Please note the performance contains strong language, not suitable for children, and contains some strobe lighting effects.

Cast and Credits

in alphabetical order

Maggie Bain Valvert / Ensemble
Nalini Chetty Le Bret / Ensemble
Malcolm Cumming Ensemble
George Drennan Ensemble / Musician
Brian Ferguson Cyrano de Bergerac
Keith Fleming De Guiche / Ensemble
Jessica Hardwick Roxane / Ensemble
Bhav Joshi Ensemble
Scott Mackie Christian / Ensemble
Isobel McArthur Ensemble / Musician
Samuel Pashby Ensemble / Musician
Gabriel Quigley Ragueneau / Ensemble
Anna Russell-Martin Ensemble
Ewan Somers Ensemble / understudy for the role of Cyrano de Bergerac


Dominic Hill Director
Tom Piper Set Designer
Pam Hogg Costume Designer
Lizzie Powell Lighting Designer
Nikola Kodjabashia Composer and Sound Designer
Kally Lloyd-Jones Movement Director
Renny Krupinski Fight Director
Jean Sangster Voice Coach
Joanna Bowman Assistant Director
James Gardner Lighting Associate
Guy Coletta Associate Sound Designer
Laura Donnelly CDG Casting Director


The Audience reviews

An introduction to Cyrano de Bergerac

Dates, Times & Prices

12 October - 3 November 2018

Friday 12 October, 7.30pm
£10 (Preview tickets on sale from 10 September)

Tuesday - Saturdays

MATINEES from 13 October, 2pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays

Running time:
Approximately 3 hours, including one 20 minute interval

For Access performances see below


Individual Tickets

Tuesday - Saturday: £16 - £32

Wednesday and Saturday: £14 - £28.50

from £10, not available on Premium Seats
For full details on concession pricing please contact Box Office on 0131 248 4848

Unreserved seating, all tickets £10
On sale 10 September


Thursday 25 October, 7.30pm
Touch Tour, 6.15pm
Saturday 27 October, 2pm
Touch Tour, 12.45pm

Wednesday 24 October, 7.30pm

Saturday 27 October, 2pm

  • Book Accessible performances here

Read The Lyceum's Access Statement here

Take Part

Tuesday 23 October
Takes place in the Stalls after the evening's performance.

  • FREE, no ticket required

Friday 2 November, 5:30pm
LYT will be doing a series of short performances in response to the show on the main stage, just before the show.

Friday 26 October, 5pm
Hidden Love
Featuring Christopher Whyte and Liz Lochhead.

Saturday 27 October, 10am-12:30pm
Cyrano de Bergerac: Acting - Performing Poetry

Press Coverage

Please note some publications make use of paywalls.

“a fabulous extravaganza”

The Telegraph

“sings the big song of humanity in an inimitable Scottish voice, and with an ambition and sense of style that not only thrills the eye, but utterly wins the heart”

The Scotsman

“a vintage production fired with breath-taking panache”

The Herald

“an unbelievable celebration of Scottish theatre”

Fringe Review

“a tour de force that captivates, amuses and, ultimately, breaks one’s heart”

Herald on Sunday

“a colourful, brash and gorgeous production”


"This is a glorious take on Edwin Morgan’s Scots language translation of Rostand’s play"

The Stage

“powerfully performed… celebrates the glory of the play’s language”
The Stage

The Times

“sheer poetry”

Daily Record

“full of mischief and passion”

The List

“a bold delight”

Broadway World


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