Paris. Spring, 1640. The brilliant poet, musician and swordsman, Cyrano de Bergerac, is deeply in love with his beautiful cousin Roxane. He’ll never tell her how he feels because he fears rejection due to the unnatural and monstrous size of his nose.

Trials and tribulations ensue for some 14 years before the truth dawns on Roxane regarding both his feelings and her own.

This is how the story of Edmond Rostand classic romantic comedy Cyrano de Bergerac begins and a new adaptation by award-winning playwright Deborah McAndrew (An August Bank Holiday Lark) will come to the Watford Palace Theatre.

Director Conrad Nelson says: “The adaptation embraces the poeticism of Edmond Rostand’s drama, but does not confine itself to regular rhyming couplets of the original.  Poetry and prose combine in this vibrant, funny, romantic and heartbreaking adaptation.

“Debbie McAndrew has created a carefully crafted version that marries the energy and vibrancy of youth with the romance and classicism of the original.”

Playing the title role will be Christian Edwards whose recent theatre includes playing Grantaire in the West End production of Les Miserables.

Christian will be joined in the cast by Paul Barnhill, from the recent Steven Spielberg version of The BFG which he appeared alongside his daughter Ruby who played the lead role of Sophie. Paul will also be appearing in Spielberg’s next film Ready Player One.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ, until Saturday, March 11. Details: 01923 235455