Draft of Burgess's translation and adaptation (for the stage) of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac.

Scope and Content

Including a preface to the adaptation, which begins "This rendering of Rostand's comédie héroique en cinq actes en vers was commissioned for production by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre in London in the summer of 1983." A further note indicates "This contains the amendments to the Knopf edition of Cyrano de Bergerac by Anthony Burgess. Copy sent today to Harold Steinberg, these amendments written by Burgess for the Royal Shakespeare Company."

The original typescript - of which this is a photocopy - contains handwritten corrections by Burgess.

For an alternative (incomplete) draft dated c.1983, see AB/ARCH/A/BER/7. For drafts of the 1971 edition of the text (as published by Knopf), see AB/ARCH/A/BER/1 and AB/ARCH/A/BER/2.


"Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. Translated and adapted for the modern stage by Anthony Burgess" (Hutchinson, London, 1985)