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Cyrano de Bergerac

Theatr Clwyd. Mold. , Theatr Clwyd. Mold. , April-21-16
Cyrano de Bergerac by Theatr Clwyd. Mold.
Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand translated by Anthony Burgess.

Theatr Clwyd. Mold.


Panache : a tall plume worn by a military commander in his cap to make him more visible in battle. Also, of course, being dashing, flamboyant and exciting. Panache is something that Cyrano de Bergerac believes in and also describes Steffan Rhodri's magnificent performance in this big, bold production.


Indeed it also describes director Phillip Breen's handling of his large cast. This is a glorious, ebullient, colourful and highly energetic production. It is given greater richness by the seamless insertions of Welsh language poetry written by Twm Morys.


Even though Steffan Rhodri is the motor at the core, it's not a one-man show. Marc Rhys is a delight as love-lorn Christian who gets Cyrano to provide the words with which he courts Roxane. And Sara Lloyd-Gregory is equally delightful as Roxane, blonde and bubbly but not empty-headed.


The large cast fill the stage with larger than life characters with Steven Elliott's Comte de Guiche attempting to keep himself separate from and somewhat above this pack of unruly low-life.


Mark Bailey's versatile design ranges from a theatre - lots of chandeliers - a garden with a balcony, a battlefield - lots of broken chandeliers - and a convent, an almost bare stage. This last is for the quiet and moving final scene, beautifully played.


You'll remember all of this but what you'll remember above all is Steffan Rhodri's Cyrano, nose long and unmistakeable, rhymes tumbling out at a ferocious rate (thanks to Anthony Burgess' wonderful translation), dealing with friend and enemy alike with, there's only one word for it, panache.


Reviewed by: Victor Hallett

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