The Tabard Theatre in West London hosts Colette and Anita Loos’ GIGI for a limited run, from Wednesday 28th October to Saturday 21st November. Last seen in London almost 60 years ago, this production is directed by veteran New York and London producer/director Mark Giesser.
Paris, 1900. Bright, vivacious Gigi lives the carefree life of a schoolgirl in a family of modest means. She particularly enjoys card games with her much-older friend Gaston, a wealthy playboy. But her life is a bit different from that of an ordinary sixteen-year-old. Gigi is the next generation of a family of courtesans. Her grandmother and Aunt Alicia, the family matriarch, are determined that Gigi succeed where her mother failed. When Gaston notices more about Gigi than her eagerness to play cards, aunt and grandmother set their sights on an arrangement. Gigi has other ideas about her future. Will she prove as adept at romance as at cards?
Colette’s classic story was adapted as a Broadway comedy in 1951 by Anita Loos (GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES), which then inspired the film and stage musicals. This original version of GIGI debuted in the West End in 1956. It returns to the professional London stage under the direction of Mark Giesser, whose production of Alan Alda’s RADIANCE played a record-setting run at the Tabard earlier this year.
Mark Giesser has written, directed and produced in numerous theatre venues in both London and New York. London credits include his plays HOW TO BUILD A BETTER TULIP, the UK premiere of CODE OF THE WEST and the world premiere of GOOD MORNING, ALAMO! (Tabard Theatre); the revival of BELL, BOOK & CANDLE (Greenwich Playhouse); the UK premieres of the Abbey Theatre’sBLACKWATER ANGEL (Finborough Theatre) and Alan Alda’s RADIANCE: THE PASSION OF MARIE CURIE. Off-Broadway productions of his plays include HOW TO BUILD A BETTER TULIP, CODE OF THE WEST, HANSEN’S CAB, THE NIGHT THEY BURNED WASHINGTON, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.
GIGI is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD. Casting is by Jenkins McShane.
Venue: Tabard Theatre, 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW
Dates: Wednesday 28th October – Saturday 21st November, 2015
Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 7.30pm; Sunday matinees, 2pm on 8th & 15th November
Press night: Friday 30th October, 7pm
Tickets: £18/ £16 (concessions)
Box Office: 020 8995 6035/ www.tabardtheatre.co.uk
Thursday 25th June 2015