24 Sep — 29 Oct 2022

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Virginia Gay ups the ante with a joyous, gender-flipped retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, packed with music, wit and aching romance.

Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no interval

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Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Virginia Gay ups the ante with a joyous, gender-flipped retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, packed with music, wit and aching romance. Freely adapting and reimagining Edmond Rostand’s classic play, 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. Enter Roxanne: brilliant, beautiful Roxanne – a student of life, with a penchant for poetry and a way with words, just like Cyrano. But Roxanne doesn’t like Cyrano … not like that. She’s only got eyes for Yan: hot, manly Yan; all-brawn-and-no-brains Yan, who is 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, Virginia Gay (Vivid White, The Beast) in the title role, and a triumphant return to the stage after lockdown closed the production hours before opening in 2021, this is the Cyrano we both need and deserve: a love letter to hope; to overcoming loneliness and isolation; to language and desire, and the irrepressible magic of theatre; and to the hot mess that is the human heart.


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


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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

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 15 October at 2pm
Tuesday 18 October at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Saturday 15 October, before the 2pm performance
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 22 October at 2pm
Artwork for Holly Austin

Holly Austin


Virginia Gay

Virginia Gay


Artwork for Milo Hartill

Milo Hartill


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

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006

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