Cyrano de Bergerac

Cyrano de Bergerac (1897)

Stage Play: Cyrano de Bergerac (Garden Theatre, NY)
Published/Performed: Oct 3, 1898 - Nov 26, 1898

Author: Edmond Rostand
Born: Apr 1, 1868 Marseille, France
Passed: Dec 2, 1918 Paris, France

Film: Cyrano de Bergerac
Released: 1950

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About the Stage Play Cyrano de Bergerac:

Edmond Eug?ne Alexis Rostand (1 April 1868 ? 2 December 1918) was a French poet and dramatist. He is associated with neo-romanticism, and is best known for his play Cyrano de Bergerac. Rostand's romantic plays provided an alternative to the naturalistic theatre popular during the late nineteenth century. Another of Rostand's works, Les Romanesques, was adapted to the musical comedy, The Fantasticks.

Cyrano de Bergerac, the play, was written in 1897 by Rostand. Although there was a real Cyrano de Bergerac, the play bears very scant resemblance to his life.

The entire play is written in verse, in rhyming couplets of 12 syllables per line, very close to the Alexandrine format, but the verses sometimes lack a caesura. It is also meticulously researched, down to the names of the members of the Acad?mie fran?aise and the dames pr?cieuses glimpsed before the performance in the first scene.

The play has been translated and performed many times, and is responsible for introducing the word "panache" into the English language.[1] The two most famous English translations are those by Brian Hooker and Anthony Burgess.

The original Cyrano was Constant Coquelin, who played it over 410 times at the Th??tre de la Porte Saint-Martin[2] (28 December 1897) and later toured North America in the role. Richard Mansfield was the first actor to play Cyrano in the United States in an English translation. The longest-running Broadway production ran 232 performances in 1923 and starred Walter Hampden, who returned to the role on the Great White Way in 1926, 1928, 1932, and 1936.[3] Hampden used the 1923 Brian Hooker translation prepared especially for him, which became such a classic in itself that it was used by virtually every English-speaking Cyrano until the mid-1980s.

In 1946 Hampden passed the torch to Jos? Ferrer, who won a Tony Award for playing Cyrano in a much-praised Broadway staging, the highlight of which was a special benefit performance in which Ferrer played the title role for the first four acts and Hampden (then in his mid-sixties) assumed it for the fifth. Ferrer reprised the role on live television in 1949 and 1955, and in a 1950 film version for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. It became Ferrer's most famous role.

Other notable English-speaking Cyranos were Ralph Richardson, DeVeren Bookwalter, Derek Jacobi, Richard Chamberlain, and Christopher Plummer, who played the part in Rostand's original play and won a Tony Award for the 1973 musical adaptation. Kevin Kline played the role in a Broadway production in 2007, with Jennifer Garner playing Roxane and Daniel Sunjata as Christian. A taped version of the production was broadcast on PBS in 2009.

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