Why See Piaf?
THE RISE AND THE FALL OF THE EXTRAORDINARY SINGER
Piaf tells the tale of one of the 20th century's greatest singers, Edith Piaf, who is remembered and celebrated still for her remarkable talent and extraordinary life. Jamie Lloyd's acclaimed production of Piaf is overseen by Pam Gem, who wrote the classic 1978 play.
The play follows the extraordinary life of Edith Piaf, the French cabaret singer who became widely regarded as France's national diva and an international star. Born on the streets in 1915, Edith was raised by her grandmother who ran a brothel. Throughout her teenage years, her rise to success and her fall from grace, Edith battled love, loss, drugs, drink and sexual exploitation, until her premature death in 1963. From the streets of Paris to international fame, the musical legend's life is beautifully and breathtakingly captured, with all its squalor and glamour and triumph and tragedy.
The role of "The Little Sparrow" Edith Piaf is magnificently played by Argentinian actress-singer Elena Roger (who received an Olivier Award nomination for Evita) and has stunned audiences and critics alike.
Previews from: 16 October 2008
Opening night: 21 October 2008
Piaf is suitable for audiences aged 14 and over.
1 hour and 35 minute with no intermission.
Cast and Creative
CastElena Roger as Edith Piaf
Shane Attwooll as Bruno / Jacques Pills
Phillip Browne as Marcel / Inspector
Lorraine Bruce as Toine
Luke Evans as Yves / Raymond / Jacques
Michael Hadley as Leplee / Vaimbert
Katherine Kingsley as Marlene / Madelaine
Steve John Shepherd as Louis Barrier
CreativeWritten by Pam Gems
Produced by Arielle Tepper Madover & CMP Ltd Presenting a Donmar Warehouse production
Directed by Jamie Lloyd
Design by Soutra Gimour
Lighting Design by Neil Austin
Sound Design by Christopher Shutt Ben & Max Ringham
What you thought
3 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)
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