The Jamie Lloyd Company, the hugely successful partnership between the UK’s leading theatre company Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and Artistic Director Jamie Lloyd, today announces the return of the critically-acclaimed, Olivier Award-winning production of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, freely adapted by Martin Crimp, with James McAvoy.
The production runs at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London from 3 February – 12 March, before visiting Theatre Royal Glasgow, 18 – 26 March, and completing its run at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 5 April – 22 May 2022.
Returning to the cast alongside James McAvoy (Cyrano de Bergerac) are Michele Austin (Ragueneau), Adam Best (Le Bret), Sam Black (Armand), Nari Blair-Mangat (Valvert), Vaneeka Dadhria (Beatboxer), Adrian Der Gregorian (Montfleury), Tom Edden (De Guiche), Eben Figueiredo (Christian), Carla Harrison-Hodge (Denise), Mika Onyx Johnson (Usher), Nima Taleghani (Ligniere) and Brinsley Terence (Theatre Owner), joined by Jon Furlong (Annoying Person), Tazmyn-May Gebbett (Minder), Joseph Langdon (Jean-Paul), Luyanda Unati Lewis-Nyawo (Marie-Louise) and Evelyn Miller (Roxane).
Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull in a version by Anya Reiss opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 6 July, with previews from 29 June, running until 10 September 2022, having closed during previews in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Returning to the company are Emilia Clarke (Nina), Tom Rhys Harries (Trigorin), Daniel Monks (Konstantin), Indira Varma (Arkadina) and Sophie Wu (Masha), with Katie Buchholz, Tina Harris and Joseph Langdon. Further cast to be announced.
Continuing 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.
Jamie Lloyd said today, “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 5000 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.
“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.”
The company also announces the appointment of Zawe Ashton, Soutra Gilmour, Mika Onyx Johnson and Nima Taleghani as Associate Artists. 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 the artists opportunities to develop their own practice and to embed themselves further into the future of the company’s productions and outreach work.
Zawe Ashton, Associate Artist, said today, “It’s a pleasure to be joining The Jamie Lloyd Company as an Associate Artist alongside Soutra Gilmour, Mika Onyx Johnson and Nima Taleghani. I have collaborated with Jamie as an actor for over a decade and his company are deeply committed to theatrical experiences that are not only of the highest quality, but that continue to challenge the status quo in the industry. As a company, I know we can help to rebuild theatre in the most exacting times in the most holistic way possible.”
Further to this, The Jamie Lloyd Company announces the development of new work, with commissions from writers Jade Anouka, Rachel De-lahay, Anya Reiss and Associate Artist Nima Taleghani. More details to be announced.
In addition, The Jamie Lloyd Company: Emerge, a talent development programme offering a first step into the industry through paid mentorship recommences with the inaugural participants, Rona Berisha Castrioti (Sound Design), Alessandra Davison (Director), Rida Hamidou (Writer), Maeve Roscoe (Writer) and Spiky Saul (Director). Also, the company will welcome a new Emerge creative. This paid industry mentorship is aimed specifically at writer/performers exploring spoken word, rap or hip hop. The creative will be mentored by Cyrano de Bergerac company member and Associate Artist, Taleghani. Application information will be announced in late November.
Tickets for Cyrano de Bergerac in the UK will be available to ATG Theatre Card Members on Monday 1 November at 10am, and those signed up for priority booking at 12pm; general booking opens Wednesday 3 November at 10am; and for BAM will be available to theatre members on 3 November, American Express Card Members on 10 November, with general booking from 15 November.
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 12pm; general booking opens Wednesday 12 January at 10am.
Individuals can sign up for priority booking access for both productions here: thejamielloydcompany.com
There will be further news on the company’s postponed production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House announced in due course.