From 2 Aug 2021

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Virginia Gay ups the ante with a gender-flipped, music-filled take on Edmond Rostand’s literary classic – a modern love letter to language, desire and the magic of theatre.

Approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes, no interval

Due to the current Victorian Government restrictions, all remaining performances of Cyrano between 5 August to 8 September. have been cancelled. Learn more >

Production Cancelled
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‘Gay brings enormous heart to the show … she is one of our most gifted comedians.’

Time Out Sydney (on Calamity Jane)
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‘Virginia Gay is unmissable.’

Daily Review (on Calamity Jane)


Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Virginia Gay ups the ante with a gender-flipped, music-filled take on Cyrano de Bergerac packed with joy, wit and aching romance. Freely adapting Edmond Rostand's literary classic, Gay gives us a delightfully self-aware theatrical rom-com for our times.

Cyrano is the most interesting person in any room – a wordsmith, a charmer, a ruthless fighter. She works twice as hard and runs twice as fast as any of the pretty boys, because she's deeply ashamed of something about herself. She's fallen hard for Roxanne, the brilliant, beautiful new girl in town with a penchant for poetry and a way with words. Just like Cyrano. But Roxanne's only got eyes for Yan: hot, manly Yan; all-brawn-and-no brains Yan, who's dumbstruck around Roxanne – probably shy, right? Until suddenly he starts saying the most amazing things. But it's not Yan writing these perfect love scenes, it's Cyrano …

With director Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling) at the helm and Virginia Gay (Vivid White, The Beast) in the title role, this is the Cyrano that 2021 deserves: a thoroughly modern love letter to language and desire; to the magic of the theatre; to overcoming shame, loneliness and isolation; and to the hot mess that is the human heart. It's a bold and playful romp, filled with songs, longing and radical hope.

Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

Script development of Cyrano by Virginia Gay (after Edmond Rostand) has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney Festival and the NSW Government through Create NSW and the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 21 August at 2pm
Tuesday 24 August at 6.30pm
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 28 August at 2pm
Artwork for Holly Austin

Holly Austin


Virginia Gay

Virginia Gay


Artwork for Robin Goldsworthy

Robin Goldsworthy


Artwork for Milo Hartill

Milo Hartill


Claude Jabbour

Claude Jabbour


Artwork for Tuuli Narkle

Tuuli Narkle



Sarah Goodes


Xani Kolac

Xani Kolac

Musical Director & Additional Composition


Elizabeth Gadsby

Set Concept & Design

Artwork for Jo Briscoe

Jo Briscoe

Costume Designer & Set Design Realisation


Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Kelly Ryall

Kelly Ryall

Sound Designer

Artwork for George Lazaris

George Lazaris

Assistant Director

Artwork for Amelia Baker

Amelia Baker

Assistant Lighting Designer

Learn more about the show

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006