Set model for Cyrano de Bergerac

Set model for Cyrano de Bergerac

This set model was designed by Tanya Moiseiwitsch for the famous 1946 production of Edmond Rostand's sentimental, swashbuckling drama Cyrano de Bergerac. Played by the Old Vic company, it starred Ralph Richardson in one of his greatest performances and was directed with flamboyant gusto by Tyrone Guthrie.

The play is set in 17th century France with posturing, swashbuckling gallants. This model shows the scene for the first act, set in a French theatre, with the public auditorium contrasted with the stage glimpsed at the right side. It was the third production Moiseiwitsch had designed for the Old Vic and her first big hit, with almost every review full of praise for her vigorous and romantic work. The end of this first act was particularly effective, when, as one critic recalled, 'the moonlight fell like a silver sword across the threshold while Cyrano and his troop march to the Paris streets'.