Tues - Sat @ 7:30pm, Sun @ 5:30pm
Matinees Sat @ 2:30pm
The vibrant Black and White Rainbow theatre company continue their run of innovative productions of classic texts, after Time Out No.1 Critic's Choice shows MADNESS IN VALENCIA and THE MISANTHROPE and their first West End transfer, with CYRANO DE BERGERAC, in the London premiere of the translation by Ranjit Bolt.
Lose yourself in Rostand's heroic and romantic tale of swashbuckling suitors and reluctant romantics. Savour the fragrant atmosphere of Cyrano's beguiling, exciting and wildly romantic world, fizzing with their unique blend and sumptuous detail and wit. And obviously a touch of panache.
Reviews for this production to date -
"Gwilym Lloyd rises to the challenge of the role, inhabiting Cyrano thoroughly... Iris Roberts is a remarkable Roxane...There are many areas of this production that deserve praise, not least the ebullient ensemble... Simon Evans ensures the pace of this lengthy piece never falters".
- The Stage
"Gwilym Lloyd's Cyrano is a delight... [but] there is strong support from his fellows - this is very much a company working as an ensemble. Although inevitably the title character dominates, it is Cyrano, not the actor, who hogs the limelight".
- British Theatre Guide
"Black and White Rainbow's recent Madness in Valencia secured a West End berth after its stint at the White Bear... the company's take on Cyrano de Bergerac could easily follow suit".
- Time Out Critics' Choice
Simon Evans's direction does not slack for a second, maintaining the energy levels intense, and the pace so tightly sustained, that the two and a half hours fly by and you are left wanting more... entrancing from start to end".
- Remote Goat * * * * *
"The cast, aided by intelligent and controlled work from both the director and writer, seem comfortable and confident – but liberated, too. Their performance styles are nuanced, each part injected with real individual flair, but the actors also work seamlessly as a group. At times, the ensemble seems more dance troupe than company of actors and they move with a synchronised, fluid grace."
- Culture Wars
From the start the young cast send the text fizzing along, helped by Ranjit Bolt’s sparky translation... a big-hearted and often hilarious production that will appeal to romantics of any stripe".
- Dulwich Times
"Simon Evans skillfully uses the whole company in some playful moments of bandying wit that establish a camaraderie that pays off during darker instances... With a light touch, Evans has brought out the complexities as well as joys of Rostand’s classic tale. It seems appropriate that even at Cyrano’s death there is laughter as well as tears and that neither seems out of place".
- London Magazine
Tickets are bookable at www.whitebeartheatre.co.uk. The theatre is a two minute walk from Kennington tube station (Northern line).