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Cyrano, Birmingham Royal Ballet, B’ham Hippodrome

Poor, poor Cyrano. You’d think having to live with a great big honking nose is punishment enough.

Poor, poor Cyrano. You’d think having to live with a great big honking nose is punishment enough.

However, he also has to deal with the love of his life falling for another much more handsome, albeit uneducated, man.

Roxanne (Elisha Willis) has indeed fallen for pretty Christian (Iain Mackay). The only problem is Christian can neither read nor write, so how can he be expected to woo Roxanne?

Step in Cyrano, who instead of taking a long look down his nose at Christian, instead decides to help him by writing letters to Roxanne, who he also has a bit of thing for.

Meanwhile a war suddenly starts and we’re transported to the front line so full of explosions and danger that you’re sure someone is definitely going to die. In the end it’s Christian who bravely (stupidly) charges over the barricade to meet his end.

It’s an action packed ballet. Plenty of swashbuckling action to keep you entertained with the tragic romance to leave you with a tear in the eye.

Elisha Willis is captivating as lovestruck Roxanne, whilst an admirable supporting cast keep a smile on your face. Robert Parker as Cyrano though, well, he just about noses them all.

 

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