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Henry Goodman, Josie Lawrence and Chizzy Akudolu join Freddie Fox in Edmond de Bergerac

Henry Goodman, Freddie Fox, Josie Lawrence and Chizzy Akudolu

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EDMOND de Bergerac, Alexis Michalik’s hilarious comedy and French theatre phenomenon, will receive its UK première at Birmingham Repertory Theatre from March 15 to March 30, 2019, with a star cast led by Freddie Fox as Edmond Rostand, alongside Henry Goodman as Constant Coquelin, Josie Lawrence as Sarah Bernhardt and Chizzy Akudolu as Maria.

The five-time Molière Award-winning comedy will then tour to York Grand Opera House, Northampton Theatre Royal, Cambridge Arts Theatre and Richmond Theatre (April 29 to May 4).

This English language première has a new translation by Jeremy Sams and is directed by the current Artistic Director of Birmingham Rep, Roxana Silbert.

The cast also features Delroy Atkinson as Monsieur Honoré; Gina Bramhill as Jeanne; Nick Cavaliere as Ange Floury; Simon Gregor as Marcel; Harry Kershaw as Jean; David Langham as George Feydeau; Robin Morrisey as Léo and Sarah Ridgeway as Rosemonde.

Edmond de Bergerac is the hilarious story behind Cyrano de Bergerac. Set in Paris in 1897, playwright Edmond Rostand (Freddie Fox) 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 (Goodman).

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!

Henry Goodman’s numerous theatre credits include: Honour (Park Theatre); Arturo Ui – Nomination for Olivier Award, Best Actor (West End/Chichester Festival Theatre); The Winslow Boy (The Old Vic); Yes, Prime Minister (West End/Chichester); Duet for One (West End/Almeida); Fiddler On The Roof (Sheffield Crucible/West End); The Gondoliers (ENO); The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre); The Producers (Broadway); Chicago – Nomination for Olivier Award, Best Actor in a Musical (Adelphi Theatre); Art (Wyndhams Theatre); The Holy Rosenbergs, The Merchant of Venice – Olivier Award for Best Actor, Metropolitan Kabarett, Summerfolk, Guys and Dolls, Broken Glass, Angels In America, Pericles, After The Fall, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof and Guys And Dolls (National Theatre); and Assassins – Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical (Donmar Warehouse).

Josie Lawrence’s many theatre credits include: Mother Courage (Southwark Playhouse); Faust, The Cherry Orchard and The Taming of The Shrew – The Dame Peggy Ashcroft Award for Best Actress (The Royal Shakespeare Company); Frozen, Picasso’s Women and The Alchemist (National Theatre); The King and I (London Palladium); Acorn Antiques The Musical (The Haymarket); Much Ado About Nothing – Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award (Manchester Royal Exchange); Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare’s Globe); Moll Flanders (Lyric, Hammersmith); Valued Friends (Hampstead Theatre); and Berlin Days Hollywood Nights and Songs for Stray Cats (Paines Plough).

Well known for her role in Holby City, Chizzy Akudolu’s theatre credits include: The Rec Room (Triforce Promotions/Soho Theatre); Script Slam (Soho Theatre); The Vagina Monologues (UK Tour/Mark Goucher Ltd); Hells Fury – rehearsed reading (Royal Court/Tell Tarra); and Da Olympics 2012 – rehearsed reading, Club V, The Best of Funny Black Women on the Edge (Theatre Royal Stratford East).