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Jenna Russell and Sally Ann Triplett to star in Piaf at Nottingham Playhouse

The full casting has been announced for Nottingham Playhouse’s much-anticipated production of Piaf.

The show will tell the extraordinary life story of the world-renowned singer Edith Piaf. Her most famous songs include La Vie en Rose and Je Ne Regrette Rien, though the international star began her life singing on the streets of Paris.

Having been postponed because of coronavirus, it is due to be staged from July 2-17.

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

Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell had already been confirmed to take the title role.

Now, Sally Ann Triplett will be joining her in the role of Toine ­— Edith Piaf’s best friend and confidante.

Russell and Triplett are friends themselves, but this will be the first time they have performed together since the original West End production of Sondheim’s Follies 30 years ago.

Olivier Award-nominated actress Laura Pitt-Pulford will play Marlene Dietrich. Garry Robson takes the role of Louis Leplee – the nightclub owner who discovered Piaf ­— and Louis Gaunt, who is originally from Nottingham, will play Piaf’s husband, Theo.

Adam Penford, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “We are thrilled to announce that Piaf will finally be performed this summer.

"Edith Piaf’s life was shocking, hilarious and heart-breaking, she lived life to the full. The life-affirming story, combined with those iconic songs, makes for an unforgettable, celebratory night of theatre ­— which is exactly what we want to give people on their first visit following the pandemic.”

Piaf will be directed by Adam Penford, whose previous productions have included Holes, An Enemy Of The People, and The Madness of George III.

Nottingham Playhouse will transform the auditorium into Parisian cabaret, with the opportunity to book cabaret-style seating.

It is selling seats based on government plans to lift compulsory social distancing on June 21. However, if official advice changes, necessary adjustments will be made because the safety of audiences and Playhouse team remains a top priority.

For those seeking additional reassurance, Nottingham Playhouse are guaranteeing that certain performances will remain on a socially distanced seating plan, irrespective of Government plans.

Piaf will also be livestreamed for audiences at home on Wednesday, July 14, at 7.30pm.

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