THE MOST FAMOUS PLAY IN FRENCH THEATRE
From the first performance in 1897, this five-act heroic comedy in verse was a spectacular hit and became probably the most famous play in French theatre. Since then, Edmond Rostand’s play has regularly been staged all over the world, many times by la Comédie-Française. Besides, it has inspired operas, ballets and various movies, including an outstanding version in 1990 starring Gérard Depardieu at his best as Cyrano. Podalydès sees the play as “a dream of total theatre, a mixture of arts and genres: comic opera, tragedy, romantic drama, symbolist poetry and Molieresque farce“.