Samantha prepares for role in new production

Samantha Bell.
Samantha Bell.

A budding actress from the borough is preparing to tread the boards in a new production of Cyrano de Bergerac this April.

Samantha Bell, from Wallsend, is one of six young actors from the north east on Northern Stage’s paid training programme, NORTH, who will play dozens of supporting roles in the production.

Directed by Lorne Campbell, Anthony Burgess’ translation of Edmund Rostand’s classic play is a co-production with Northern Stage and takes to the Royal Stage in Northampton from Friday, April 3, transferring to Newcastle from April 29.

Northern Stage artistic director Lorne Campbell said: “Cyrano is scaled up in every way, not just his nose, but his bravery and his vulnerability, his honour and his self-loathing, his soaring poetry and his profound inarticulacy.

“This is what I love about the play, it takes that ridiculous deluded mess of a person we all carry around inside ourselves and lets them out onto the stage, bigger and better while also more absurd and crippled than we could ever be.”

Cyrano de Bergerac can be seen at Northern Stage from Wednesday, April 29, to Saturday, May 16.

Tickets priced from £14.50 are available from or calling the box office on (0191) 230 5151.