A great nose may be an index of a great soul.”

In case you don’t know the amazing story of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano of Bergerac, let me give you a little taste: love, sword fights, frequent conversations revolving around the size of a character’s nose, and extensive sass.

love, sword fights, frequent conversations revolving around the size of a character’s nose, and extensive sass.

Cyrano is an army man with a mind as fast as his blade. He terrorises dimwits with his punch lines and has more swagger than Darth Vader on steroids. Although he will not let anyone make fun of the legendary size of his nose, he is a self-conscious man. He remains convinced that his nose makes him ridiculous, which keeps him from confessing his love to Roxanne. She is technically his cousin, but the story takes place in the 17th century - so I guess we can make our peace with that.

It is a funny yet heart-breaking tale of pride, self-hatred and unconditional love.

Cyrano of Bergerac has all the ingredients of a good play. It is a funny yet heart-breaking tale of pride, self-hatred and unconditional love. We’re far from Fifty Shades of Grey here. It’s a love letter to intelligence and wittiness. So now, do yourself a favour and book a ticket to go see it. Or, for the brave of heart, find the French adaptation featuring Gerard Depardieu. Best. Casting. Ever.

Words: Claire Toureille