Virginia Gay ups the ante with a gender-flipped, music-filled take on Cyrano de Bergerac. Packed with joy, wit and aching romance, Cyrano will make its world premiere on Thursday 5 August at Southbank Theatre.

Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Gay gives us a delightfully self-aware theatrical love letter for our times, freely adapted from Edmond Rostand’s literary classic.

Directed by Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling), the production is written by and starring Virginia Gay (Vivid White), alongside Holly Austin (Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears), Robin Goldsworthy (This Much Is True), Milo Hartill (Guerilla Sabbath), Claude Jabbour (Eden) and Tuuli Narkle (Sunshine Super Girl).

 Virginia Gay said, ‘I am utterly thrilled to be bringing Cyrano to MTC. I wrote it in high lockdown in LA, where I went months without touching another human being, and I created it specifically for Melbourne – I thought we all deserved a reward for getting through these dark times.

‘It’s filled with joy and hope and music and so many laughs – celebrating the very thing we haven’t been able to do for so long – coming together in a theatre. It’s magic, that.

Cyrano is the story of a terrific, sparkling human being carefully, tenderly coming out of isolation, and the courage and hope and the collective act of community it takes to do that.’

July 31 – September 4