A play-within-a-play in the style of “Shakespeare in Love” – written by a half-British actor – has become the toast of Paris theater.
The play, “Edmond,” is now one of the most successful French productions of modern times.
French newspaper Le Monde called it "not so much a success as a triumph" – just like the play on which it is itself based, reports the BBC.
Written by 36-year-old Alexis Michalik, “Edmond” tells of the creation and triumphant first performance of another play: the classic drama “Cyrano de Bergerac,” about a lovelorn, long-nosed swashbuckler.
It is named after Edmond Rostand, the dramatist who wrote the original in 1897.
After opening in September 2016 in the historic Théâtre du Palais Royal, “Edmond” has been performed more than 1,000 times to about 750,000 spectators. Advance bookings assure it will run for at least another year.
And now Michalik – whose mother is from Lytham St Annes in Lancashire – has two more feathers to his cap.
His film version of “Edmond” has come out to critical acclaim in France, and in the UK the play gets its first outing at the Birmingham Rep in March, starring Freddie Fox and Josie Lawrence.
Michalik's play is inspired by “Shakespeare in Love,” the 1998 film that created an imaginary back story to the writing of Romeo and Juliet.