Cyrano de Bergerac made its first appearance in 1897 with the actor, Coquelin, in the title role and was presented for 500 consecutive performances. It was the most popular play of the era, and since its first performance there has hardly been a time when it was not in production somewhere in the world. For, although the play is typically French, it is highly popular in other countries, even when it is translated poorly or cut unmercifully. Rostand's next play, L'Aiglon , was about Napoleon's heir. It was too French for foreign audiences, who did not always revere Napoleon as much as did the French, and even in France it was never as popular as Cyrano . After its production, Rostand retired to the country for ten years to write Chantecler . It received some acclaim, but Paris audiences did not like it nearly as well as they had Cyrano
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