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Alexis Michalik's Edmond de Bergerac - Birmingham Repertory Theatre

Edmond de Bergerac

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

JEREMY Sams’ new translation of Edmond de Bergerac, Alexis Michalik’s hilarious comedy, will receive its UK premiere at Birmingham Repertory Theatre where it will run from Friday, March 15 to Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Winner of five Molière Awards, Edmond de Bergerac continues to play to packed houses in Paris at the Theatre du Palais-Royale.

The UK production will also be directed by Jeremy Sams, Artistic director of Birmingham Repertory Theatre, and will star Freddie Fox (An Ideal Husband, Judas Kiss, Travesties) in the title role.

December 1897, Paris. Playwright Edmond Rostand is approaching his thirtieth birthday with no new plays but a whole lot of worries. He has not written anything in two years and in desperation has promised a new play to the acting superstar, Constant Coquelin.

A desperate Edmond draws on his problems to write a new comedy. It will be an unbelievable tale about the demands of his producers, the whims of the actresses, the jealousy of his wife, his doubting colleagues and the romantic adventures of his best friend. It shall be called Cyrano de Bergerac!

Since graduating from The Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2010 Freddie Fox has starred in films including Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club, Pride directed by Matthew Warchus and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Later this year, he will be seen in Thomas Clay’s Fanny Lye Deliver’d opposite Maxine Peake and in Black 47 starring alongside Hugo Weaving and Jim Broadbent which was released in UK cinemas this autumn.

Freddie Fox

In 2018, Fox also starred in An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre directed by Jonathan Church. Amongst other theatre highlights, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the 2017 Olivier Awards for his performance in Tom Stoppard’s Travesties directed by Patrick Marber and starring Tom Hollander in the West End and won third place at the Ian Charleson awards in 2016 for his performance in Romeo and Juliet at The Sheffield Crucible directed by Jonathan Humphreys.

Fox’s recent television credits include Joe Orton Laid Bare on BBC 2 and a starring role in Russel T Davies’ hit Channel 4 show Cucumber and its companion series Banana. Next year, he will be seen in the new Channel 4 comedy The Year of The Rabbit starring opposite Matt Berry.

Fox has also recently completed directing and producing his first short film Hero which stars Charles Dance, James Norton and Jessica Brown Findlay.

To book tickets, call the box office on 0121 236 4455 or visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP