Last Updated on 29 October 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team
The Jamie Lloyd Company is bringing back Cyrano de Bergerac with James McAvoy and The Seagull with Emilia Clarke
The Jamie Lloyd Company is bringing back its productions of Cyrano de Bergerac starring James McAvoy and The Seagull with Emilia Clarke.
Martin Crimp’s adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London from 3 February to 12 March 2022 and then at Theatre Royal Glasgow from 18 to 26 March. It will also visit Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in New York City from 5 April to 22 May 2022.
Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, in a version by Anya Reiss, will return after the Covid-19 pandemic forced it to close during previews. It will run at the Harold Pinter Theatre from 29 June to 10 September 2022.
The theatre company also signalled that its postponed production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House will return, with news coming “in due course”. In a version by Frank McGuiness, it was originally scheduled to run at the Playhouse Theatre, starring Jessica Chastain, from June to September last year before it was halted by the pandemic.
Cyrano de Bergerac, which ran at London’s Playhouse Theatre from November 2019 to February 2020, will return with McAvoy as Gascon alongside Eben Figueiredo as Christian, Michele Austin, Adam Best, Sam Black, Nari Blair-Mangat, Vaneeka Dadhria, Adrian Der Gregorian, Tom Edden, Carla Harrison-Hodge, Mika Onyx Johnson, Nima Taleghani and Brinsley Terence.
They will be joined by Jon Furlong, Tazmyn-May Gebbett, Joseph Langdon, Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo and Evelyn Miller as Roxane.
Tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac in London and Glasgow will be available to ATG Theatre Card Members on Monday 1 November at 10am and to those signed up for priority booking at midday. General booking opens Wednesday 3 November at 10am.
The Seagull returns with Clarke as Nina alongside Tom Rhys Harries as Trigorin, Daniel Monks as Konstantin, Indira Varma as Arkadina and Sophie Wu as Masha plus Katie Buchholz, Tina Harris and Joseph Langdon. Further casting is to be announced.
The Seagull will be on sale to ATG Theatre Card Members on Monday 10 January at 10am, and those signed up for priority booking at midday. General booking opens Wednesday 12 January at 10am.
Building on the company’s commitment to accessibility, 12,000 tickets priced at £15 will be available across the UK productions, with 75% specifically for under-30s, key workers and those receiving government benefits.
In addition, The Seagull continues the company’s original commitment, offering 5,000 free tickets for those with limited access to the arts.
Lloyd said: “It is incredibly exciting to confirm the return of these productions and, most importantly, the continuation of our access ticket schemes, with 12,000 £15 seats across the productions and 5,000 totally free tickets, which will enable people with limited access to the theatre to experience our work — an important commitment as our industry builds back.”
The company has also announced the appointment of associate artists: Zawe Ashton, Mika Onyx Johnson and Nima Taleghani, who are all actors and writers, and designer Soutra Gilmour.
They take up their roles from 1 November and are appointed for making an outstanding contribution to the life and reputation of the company’s work. The associateship gives artists opportunities to develop their own practice and to embed themselves further into the future of the company’s productions and outreach work.
The company also announced today that it has commissioned new work from Jade Anouka, Rachel De-lahay, Anya Reiss and Nima Taleghani, with more details to come later.
On top of this, the company revealed the first participants in its new talent development programme, Emerge, which offers a first step into the industry through paid mentorship. They are sound designer Rona Berisha Castrioti, director Alessandra Davison, writer Rida Hamidou, writer Maeve Roscoe and director Spiky Saul
Also, the company is preparing to welcome a new Emerge creative. This paid industry mentorship is aimed specifically at writers/performers exploring spoken word, rap or hip hop. The creative will be mentored by Nima Taleghani. Application information will be announced in late November.
Lloyd added: “Alongside our brilliant Emerge participants, we’re thrilled to be welcoming more adventurous artists into the company with the announcement of our new associate artists and our writers under commission, who will create bold, radical reappraisals of some iconic international plays. Together, they represent the most exciting and innovative talent working in British theatre today.”