MEET the man behind the nose and discover the side-splitting comedy behind the celebrated story of Cyrano de Bergerac when Birmingham Repertory Theatre presents Edmond de Bergerac at the Grand Opera House, York, from April 2 to 6.

Freddie Fox, Josie Lawrence, Henry Goodman and Chizzy Akudolu star in the English language premiere of a play that has taken France by storm , winning five Molière Awards, including Best New Play.

The setting is 1895 Paris, where Edmond (Fox) is a struggling playwright with writer's block. His last play was a flop and he is down on his luck, but when he helps his best friend Leo woo a girl called Jeanne by writing romantic letters to her as if from him, it gives him a brilliant idea for the plot of a brand new play, Cyrano de Bergerac.

Aided by a celebrated actor called Coquelin (Goodman), a theatrical legend called Sarah (Lawrence) and a faded star called Maria (Akudolu)), Edmond starts writing again, but will he finish his masterpiece? Will the play be a hit? What's more, will Jeanne ever discover that Leo’s love letters were really written by Edmond?

Tickets for Edmond de Bergerac cost £11.25 upwards on 0844 871 3024 or at