"Cyrano de Bergerac" is a play written by Edmond Rostand that was originally performed in December of 1897. The play in it's original French is written entirely in rhyming couplets. The play was first performed at the Theatre de la Porte Saint-Martin in Paris, France. It was an instant success and the play went on […]
Edmond Eugene Alexis Rostand was a French author born in Marseille, France in April of 1868. Rostand wrote romantic plays, mostly written in verse and they provided many strong roles for several generations of actors.
Rostand was born into a wealthy family as the son of an economist and a poet and he studied literature and history at the College Stanislas in Paris. At twenty years old, Rostand's first play "Le Gant Rouge" was performed at the Cluny Theatre. However, the play went largely unnoticed by society.
Six years later, Les Romanesques,(1894) his first drama was produced in Paris and gained more success. Its story of innocent young love would later be adapted into the longest-running musical in American history, "The Fantasticks".
Rostand achieved international fame with "Cyrano de Bergerac" (1897) a brilliant verse play. It was based on the life of an actual personage. In 1897, Rostand produced a play called "L'Aiglon" which had, for its hero the unhappy son of Napoleon.
Rostand became the youngest ever writer to be brought into the Academie Francaise in 1902 and moved to Provence to work on his next play, "Chantecler" for the next seven years.
Rostand married the poet and playwright Rosemonde-Etienette Gerard and the couple raised two sons together. In 1918, Rostand died from the Spanish flu. He was buried in the Cimetiere de Marseille.