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Nottingham Playhouse re-opens with production of Piaf

Live theatre has returned to Nottingham Playhouse with Piaf, charting the story of the famous singer.

The production, which had been postponed because of the pandemic, is being staged until Saturday, July 17.

The Playhouse is transformed into a Parisian cabaret club with socially-distanced cabaret-style seating for performances.

Piaf, to be staged at Nottingham Playhouse. (47626153)
Piaf, to be staged at Nottingham Playhouse. (47626153)

In addition, it will be live-streamed for home viewers on July 14.

Born Edith Gassion in 1915, no one could have predicted Edith Piaf’s phenomenal rise to fame – from singing in the streets of Paris to becoming one of France’s biggest international stars, her voice is still revered to this day.

But her extraordinary talent was matched with an equally extraordinary personal life.

Pam Gems’ emotionally-charged play explores the highs and lows of the enigmatic yet fragile singer’s life and features some of Piaf’s most famous songs, including La Vie en Rose, Hymne à l’amour and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien.

It stars Tony nominee Jenna Russell (Sunday in the Park With George, and EastEnders) in the title role.

Piaf is directed by the Playhouse’s artistic director Adam Penford.

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