Being Cyrano (Dans la peau de Cyrano)
53 rue Notre Dame des Champs, 75006 Paris
Capacity : 118 seats
1 hour and 15 minutes
Suitable for all ages
100% in English
One man, seven characters in this behind-the-scenes look at the story behind the story of French theatrical hero, Cyrano de Bergerac. Colin is starting in a new school, and when everyone finds you to be a little 'different,' becoming an adult becomes even harder. It is here that young Colin meets his mentor, who will introduce him to the world of theatre and let his imagination run wild. His first creation? A certain ample-nosed sword-wielding poet of course.
Young Colin, often ostracised for his 'differences,' has recently discovered his hidden admiration for the theatrical arts. In a revelation, Colin created the character of Cyrano de Bergerac, with whom he shares many commonalities. From his handicap and his solitude, to his incapacity to express his true feeling to the ones he loves. Under the guidance of his theatre teacher, Colin will completely submerge himself in Cyrano's skin. Will Colin and Cyrano finally learn to accept themselves as they are?
A comic yet poetic performance, one incredible actor embodies seven characters to portray how the legendary Cyrano de Bergerac came to life. The original Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rothstand was first performed in 1897 and has inspired numerous sbsequent works, including the play and feature film Edmond, by Alexis Michalik. This contemporary piece has been performed over 600 times, and now lands at Paris' Lucernaire Theatre, just steps from the Luxembourg Gardens.
A wonderful performance, truly. The actor is perfect, he plays I don't even know how many characters with finesse. The story is touching, I regret not seeing it sooner, I will be following this talented actor, BRAVO
My friends and I left in tears, it's intelligent, moving and funny, a wonderful moment at the theatre. Bravo and thank you!
In 1975, this modern cultural center was created in an old blow-torch factory in the heart of Paris, having been forcibly moved from its original location to make way for the construction of the Montparnasse Tower. The aim of the Lucernaire founders was to create a shared space of urban culture, and the Lucernaire of today is just that! In addition to live performances, you will also find modern art exhibitions, film screenings, and a dining area at the Lucernaire. You may even cross paths with one of the actors at the onsite bar and terrace! The venue also regularly organises public poetry and theatrical readings, concerts, and debates, truly dedicated to all modern cultural expression. What's even more unique is its layout. When you enter the Lucernaire center, you enter into a private indoor/outdoor courtyard complete with park benches, giving way to theatres for both cinema and live performances, a restaurant, and a bar and terrace often spilling into the street with patrons stopping by for an afterwork drink and a dose of culture.
The Lucernaire derives its apt name from the ancient liturgy practice of le lucernarium, lighting the lamps at nightfall, the precise hour when many theatres begin opening their doors! With its cobblestone courtyard and classic Wallace fountains, this venue will bring you back to the 1920s and 30s, a time of artistic exploration and celebrating all things culture. French actor Gérard Depardieu has even performed on the Lucernaire stage!
Handicap Accessible? Unfortunately, no
Air conditioning? Yes
How do I get to the theatre?
The Théâtre Lucernaire is accessible by lines 12 and 4, and the nearest metro stations are Vavin and Notre Dame des Champs. Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map above.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
Can I purchase a programme?
Tickets for Being Cyrano do not include a show programme.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts one hour and fifteen minutes with no intermission.
Can I eat in the neighbourhood before or after the show?
The Théâtre Lucernaire has its very own bar for a drink before or after the show. Take a step outside and you'll find yourself in the heart of the Latin Quarter with a wide selection of options, steps away from the Luxembourg Gardens or the bustling Montparnasse district.
Is it a show for travellers or French people?
Both! Being Cyrano has been appreciated by French audiences for years, and we're thrilled the team has decided to transform the show into a bilingual work of art! Performances 100% in English mean everyone can discover the world of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Is tipping customary?
Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 2€ and 5€, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”