Full casting has been announced for Piaf at Nottingham Playhouse, starring Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell.
Sally Ann Triplett (The Last Ship on Broadway, Anything Goes at the National Theatre) and Olivier Award-nominated actress Laura Pitt-Pulford (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Little Miss Sunshine, Arcola Theatre) will play Toine – Edith Piaf’s best friend and confidante and Marlene Dietrich respectively.
Garry Robson (Reasons to be Cheerful, Graeae) will play Louis Leplee – the nightclub owner who discovered Piaf. Louis Gaunt (Grease, UK and Ireland tour) will play Piaf’s husband Theo. Samuel James (James Graham’s Sketching, Wilton’s Music Hall) will play Bruno, owner and manager of the Paris Olympia. Matthew Woodyatt (Fiddler on the Roof, CFT) will play Raymond and Joseph Prowen (Father Brown, BBC, A Christmas Carol, RSC) will play Louis. Zheng Xi Yong (Assassins, Nottingham Playhouse) will take the role of Lucien.
Pam Gems’ Piaf – a Nottingham Playhouse and Leeds Playhouse co-production – tells the extraordinary life story of the sensational, 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.
Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell (EastEnders, BBC, Sunday in the Park with George, Wyndham’s Theatre) has already been confirmed to take the title role.
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 (Holes, An Enemy of the People, The Madness of George III) with deign by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting by Jack Knowles, sound by Ella Wahlström, movement direction by Georgina Lamb and casting by Will Burton. Gareth Valentine will be MD on keys and Félicité du Jeu will be Dialect Coach.
Piaf opens at Nottingham Playhouse Friday 2 July and plays to Saturday 17 July 2021 with a press night on Tuesday 6 July 2021. It will then transfer to Leeds Playhouse where it will run in the Courtyard Theatre from Friday 23 July to Saturday 7 August.
Nottingham Playhouse will also transform the auditorium into Parisian cabaret, with the opportunity to book cabaret-style seating. It will sell seats based on Government plans to lift compulsory social distancing in June. However, if official advice changes, necessary adjustments will be made: the safety of audiences and Playhouse team remains a top priority.
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