Translated Aleksandr Griboyedov
's play, "Chatsky," for the Almeida Theatre in London, England, with Dinsdale Landen, Jonathan Cullen, Jemma Redgrave
, Minnie Driver
, Colin Firth
, Bob Goody, Sarah Crowden, Murray Melvin, Rosalind Knight and John Tordoff in the cast. Jonathan Kent was director.
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[on writing five novels in the space of a year after he was told he had an inoperable brain tumor] It can be done. If you write 2000 words before breakfast, you have the rest of the day to yourself.
His translation of Cyrano de Bergerac was first commissioned by Christopher Plummer
, and is now considered to be the definitive English-language translation of the play. One alteration he made was the inclusion of a reference to Hamlet: Cyrano's list of insults to his nose climaxes with "Oh, that this too too solid nose would melt." This translation has been performed by Christopher Plummer