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The Verdict Reviews: What Did Critics Have to Say About James McAvoy in Cyrano?

The Olivier-winning production opened its U.S. premiere April 14 Off-Broadway at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac Marc Brenner

Cyrano, starring James McAvoy, officially opened Off-Broadway April 14 at Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the reviews are in. The U.S. premiere of Martin Crim's adaptation runs through May 22.

Jamie Lloyd directs the production which stars McAvoy in the title role along with Michele Austin, Adam Best, Sam Black, Nari Blair-Mangat, Vaneeka Dadhria, Adrian Der Gregorian, Tom Edden, Eben Figueiredo, Jon Furlong, Tazmyn-May Gebbett, Carla Harrison-Hodge, Mika Onyx Johnson, Joseph Langdon, Sophie Mercell, Evelyn Miller, Nima Taleghani, and Brinsley Terence.

Crimp adapted the story about the poet-warrior with a large nose and the love triangle he becomes involved in, originally written by Edmond Rostand, into a rap battle-meets-slam poetry style production. His stripped-back interpretation of the 1897 verse drama first opened at London's Playhouse Theatre and won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Revival and earned four additional Olivier Award nominations, including Best Actor and Best Director.

Read the reviews below.

CitiTourNY (Brian Scott Lipton)

Deadline (Greg Evans)

Entertainment Weekly (Nick Romano)

New York Magazine/Vulture (Helen Shaw)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

New York Theatre Guide (Gillian Russo)

New York Times (Jesse Green)

Observer (David Cote)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

Time Out New York (Caroline McGinn)

Washington Post (Peter Marks)

Playbill will continue to update this page as reviews are published.

Featured on the creative team are set and costume designer Soutra Gilmour, lighting designer Jon Clark, associate lighting designer Hector Murray, costume supervisor Anna Josephs, props supervisor Lily Molgaard, associate director Rupert Hands, assistant director Nari Blair-Mangat, and associate designer Rachel Wingate. Sound and compositions are by Ben and Max Ringham, fight movement is by Kate Waters, and additional movement is by Polly Bennett. Casting is by Stuart Burt.


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