ROSTAND’S PLAY CYRANO PREMIERES ON THE “RAŠA PLAOVIĆ“ STAGE ON 13. MAY

Production Cyrano, after Edmond Rostand’s most significant play, Cyrano de Bergerac, directed by Ivan Vuković, will premier on the “Raša Plaović” Stage on 13 May.
Miloš Đorđević interprets the title role and the role of Montfleury. Main roles in the play will be interpreted by Suzana Lukić (Roxane), Nikola Vujović (Guiche / A Young Man), Uroš Jakovljević (Christian / A Guardsman), Goran Jevtić (Ragueneau / A Citizen) and the numerous cast includes: Zoran Ćosić (Le Bret / Second Horseman / A Monk), Andreja Maričić (Carbon / Assistant Cook 1 / Bellerose / A Pickpocket / Poet 1), Sonja Knežević (A Companion / First Paige / Assistant Cook 2 / Cuigy / Cadet 3 / Poet 2 / Sister Martha), Zorana Bećić (The Shop-Girl / An Actress / Lise / Cadet-Sentry) and Milo Lekić (First Horseman / Ligniere / A Musketeer / Cadet 1).
The authorship team consists of Molina Udovički Fotez, Slobodan Obradović (Dramaturges), Marija Kalabić (Set Designer), Olivera Mrđenović (Costume Designer), Draško Adžić (Composer), Marija Milenković (Stage Movement), Ljiljana Mrkić Popović (Stage Speech) and Jug Đorđević (Assistant Director).
The production team consists of Ivana Nenadović (Producer), Jasmina Urošević (Organiser), Danica Stevanović (Prompter) and Saša Tanasković (Stage Manager).
Translated by Milan Dimović.
This will be the seventh staging of this French classical piece, written in 1897, in the National Theatre in Belgrade.
The first staging of the play in the National Theatre took place on 21st March 1914. Aleksandar Ivanovich Andreyev directed it and entrusted Vitomir Bogić with interpretation of the title role - a nobleman, a soldier with monstrously big nose, also a skilled swordsman, a poet and a musician. Marija Taborska interpreted the role of Roxane, while Milorad Gavrilović interpreted Count de Guiche and Christian de Neuvillette Saša Zlatković.
The following premiere took place on 7th February 1928, directed by Branko Gavela. Cyrano – a symbol of a person with exceptionally deep soul and a sense of honour, who never overcomes the handicap of his physical appearance, was interpreted again by Vitomir Bogić; Zorka Zlatković interpreted Roxane, Dragoljub Gošić played Count de Guiche and Christian de Neuvillette V. Jovanović.
A decade later, on 1st February 1938, the third staging of Cyrano de Bergerac was produced in the National Theatre. It was stage directed by Brana Vojnović, the title role was interpreted by Milivoje Živanović in alternation with Svetolik Nikačević, the role of Roxane was interpreted by Desa Dugalić and, again, Dragoljub Gošić interpreted Count de Guiche and V. Jovanović interpreted Christian de Neuvillette
There was a 12-year long intermission before the fourth staging, which was the first staging of this play after the Second World War. The production premiered on 31st March 1950. Braslav Borozan, who also designed the set, directed it. Ljubiša Jovanović interpreted the title role, Olga Skrigin interpreted the role of Roxane, while Raša Plaović interpreted Count de Guiche and Christian de Neuvillette by Vasa Pantelić..
Borozan staged the Rostand’s heroic comedy once again on 29th January 1968, this time in cooperation with Vladimir Marenić (Set Designer) and Ljiljana Dragović (Costume Designer). The title role was interpreted by Mija Aleksić, the role of Roxane by Vera Čukić, the role of Count de Guche by Vasa Pantelić, and Christian de Neuvillette by Dragan Ocokoljić.
The last staging, which premiered on 22nd March 1991, was directed by Egon Savin and the cast consisted of Miki Manojlović (Cyrano de Bergerac), Ivana Mihić (Roxane), Branko Vidaković (Christian de Neuvillette), Predrag Ejdus (Count de Guiche), Pavle Minčić (Ragueneau), Radovan Miljanić (Le Bret), Branko Jerinić (Capitan Carbon de Castel – Jaloux), Dragan Nikolić, Andreja Maričić, Predrag Miletić, Predrag Kolarević (Cadets), Gojko Baletić (Ligniere), Zinaid Memišević (Viscount De Valvert), Mirko Petković (Montfleury), Dobrila Stojnić (Roxane’s Companion), Milka Lukić (Mother Marguerite), Dobrila Ćirković (Sister Martha), Anđelka Ristić (Sister Claire), Siniša Ćopić (A Bore), Darko Tomović (Bellerose), Mirko Petković (A Monk), Vladan Gajović (A Pickpocket), Bogoljub Dinić (A Citizen), Jelena Ivanišević (A Shop-Girl) and children, Vuk Miletić and Tijana Hadži Nikolić.
The name and creative inspiration of Edmond Rostand (1868 – 1918) are still alive nowadays owing to the poet’s ability to entertain and provoke interest, to evoke fictional past with his rich imagination and to give it appeal, beauty, elegance and brilliance, with his verses. His skill has shown itself at its apex in Cyrano de Bergerac, for which he found inspiration in the life and work of a French poet of the same name, who lived in the early 17th century.
M.B.

Click HERE to see some of the playbills and photographs from previous stagings of Cyrano de Bergerac in the National Theatre in Belgrade.