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Cyrano de Bergerac

As the weather has finally taken a chillier turn and we welcome the rainfall all anyone wants to do at this time of year is stay bundled up at home. Yet the long list of cultural activities in the runup to Christmas makes it that much harder to say no. A theatre production that has been running for almost a month and is set to continue well into the first month of the new year is Cyrano de Bergerac.

Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play is presented by THOC theatre this winter season to entertain fans of the drama stage. The plot follows Hercule Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac, a cadet (nobleman serving as a soldier) in the French Army. A brash, strong-willed man of many talents, in addition to being a remarkable duelist, he is a gifted, joyful poet and is also a musician.

However, he has an extremely large nose, which causes him to doubt himself. This doubt prevents him from expressing his love for his distant cousin, the beautiful and intellectual Roxane, as he believes that his ugliness would prevent him the “dream of being loved by even an ugly woman.”

Directed by well-known Greek actor and director Achilleas Gramatikopoulos, the production includes Greek and Cypriot actors. Difficult to translate and convey the message in another language, Cyrano de Bergerac is a play entirely written in verse, in rhyming couplets of twelve syllables per line.

Louiza Matsikou’s translation is able to gather all elements of the original play for this local production. With numerous performances at THOC Theatre in Nicosia, there are still plenty of chances to go watch it.

Cyrano de Bergerac
Theatre performance of Edmond Rostan’s play. Directed by famous actor Achilleas Grammatikopoulos. Until February 9. In theatres in Nicosia, Limassol, Larnaca and Paphos. 8.30pm. 6.30pm on Sundays. €12 / €6. Tel: 77772717

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