Dominic Shellard, Times Higher Education
After reading about the film the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, I was unsure of what exactly to expect, and this musical certainly lived up to, and indeed exceeded my expectations.
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Twenty year old French auto mechanic Guy Fouchier has fallen in love with 17-year-old Geneviève Emery, an employee in her widowed mother's chic umbrella shop.
On the evening before Guy is to leave for a two-year tour of combat in Algeria, he and Geneviève vow to remain lovers.
After discovering she is carrying Guy’s child she must choose between waiting for his return or accepting an offer of marriage from a wealthy diamond merchant.
The critically acclaimed classic film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, directed by Jacques Demy, was released in 1964 starring a 19 year old Catherine Deneuve.
The film went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards and then won the 1964 Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival. The Academy Award nominated I Will Wait for You, one of the songs featured in the film, has subsequently been recorded by many artists including Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli.
Previews from: 5 March 2011
Opening night: 22 March 2011
Closing night: 21 May 2011
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is suitable for audiences aged 8 and upwards.
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