Virginia Gay delivers a joyful, gender-flipped retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac at the Heath Ledger Theatre, as part of the 2023 Perth Festival, this February.
Packed with music, wit and aching romance, this reimagining of Edmond Rostand’s classic is a delightfully self-aware, razor-sharp theatrical rom-com.
Cyrano is the most interesting person in any room – a wordsmith, a charmer, a ruthless fighter. She’s fallen for Roxanne: brilliant, beautiful Roxanne – a student of life, with a penchant for poetry and a way with words, just like Cyrano.
But Roxanne’s only got eyes for Yan: all-brawn-no-brains Yan, who’s dumbstruck around Roxanne. Until suddenly he starts saying the most amazing things. But it’s not Yan writing these perfect love scenes, it’s Cyrano…
Cyrano is a love letter to hope; to overcoming loneliness and isolation; to language and desire; to the irrepressible magic of theatre – and to the hot mess that is the human heart.
“Sharp wit and glorious romance in a new Australian adaptation of an old classic – what more could you want for a joyful celebration of live theatre?” said Virginia Gay.
Heath Ledger Theatre – State Theatre Centre of WA, William Street, Perth
Season: 17 February – 5 March 2023
For more information, visit: www.perthfestival.com.au for details.
Image: Virginia Gay stars in Cyrano – photo by Brett Walker