By Edmond Rostand and translated from the French by Anthony Burgess.
Set in 17th century France, Rostand's play features the eponymous poet-swordsman with a misshapen nose who falls in love with the beautiful Roxane.
She loves the dashing Gascon soldier Christian de Neuvillette and Cyrano finds himself writing love poems on his behalf.
De Guiche....John Shrapnel
Le Bret....Gerard Horan
Mother Superior....Susan Jamieson
Sister Claire....Joannah Tincey
Valvert....Oliver le Sueur
Director: David Timson.
by Edmond Rostand
adapted for radio by John Tydeman
Cyrano de Bergerac is, perhaps, the greatest classic romance.
Set in 17th century France, it features the eponymous poet-swordsman with a misshapen nose but abundant panache who falls hopelessly in love with the beautiful Roxane.
She, alas, loves another, the dashing Gascon soldier Christian de Neuvillette and Cyrano finds himself acting as the young suitor's ghost writer, pouring out exquisite love poems to win the day.
This production uses Anthony Burgess's fine verse translation of Rostand's ever-popular play.
Cyrano is played by Kenneth Branagh, Roxane by Jodhi May and Christian by Tom Hiddleston.
They make the most not only of the passion and poetry and the famously moving conclusion, but also the humour which threads through the play.
Engineer: Norman Goodman
Producer: Nicolas Soames
An Ukemi production for Radio 3.
A poet-swordsman with a mis-shapen nose falls in love with the beautiful Roxane.