The critically acclaimed production of Pam Gems’ Piaf, telling the extraordinary life of Edith Piaf, and featuring 17 of her iconic songs including Hymne à l’amour, La Vie En Rose, Millord and her signature tune Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, is to extend its run at London’s Charing Cross Theatre for a further week.
Piaf will now play a 6th week and end it’s West End run on Saturday 9 January.
This Saturday, 19 December, the production celebrates the 100th anniversary of Edith Piaf’s birthday.
Legendary French chanteuse Edith Piaf was dubbed the “little sparrow”. Her life took her from the streets of Paris to Carnegie Hall in an extraordinary rise to fame. But it was to prove to be a whirlwind of success and tragedy. A life lived without regret, she died at the age of 47 in 1963.
Piaf vividly captures the glamour and squalor, the rise and fall of the complex, fragile, and enigmatic performer, who continues to be remembered and revered today for her exceptional voice and extraordinary life.
Pam Gems’ play received its world premiere in 1978, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and subsequently transferred to the West End and Broadway.
The cast of this production includes Cameron Leigh as Piaf, Valerie Cutko and Samantha Spurgin.
Director: Jari Laakso; Musical Arrangement and Supervision: Isaac McCullough; Movement Director: Katya Bourvis; Designer: Philippa Batt; Lighting Designer: Chris Randall.
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Photo: Gabriel Szalontai