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Ended 21 May 2011 after 2 months

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Meow Meow's almost unbearably beautiful second-half aria, Sans Toi, so encapsulated the pain-in-the-chest, utter desolation of unrequited love that several of us in the audience forgot our "roles" and sobbed.

Dominic Shellard, Times Higher Education

Closed 21 May 2011

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.

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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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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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41 reviews, average rating: (3.5 Stars)

Anonymous: “Magnifique!”

I'm no fan of musical theatre. I'd never even heard of the film, and it was... more

French Londoner: “The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg”

Excellent theatre adaptation which reflects the movie like for like, got te... more

Ben Collins: “I Was Nervous Because The Movie Was So Special”

The original movie is very strange, haunting and beautiful. Not really a ... more

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