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PIAF extends West End run and celebrates 100th anniversary…

Cameron Leigh as Edith Piaf
Cameron Leigh as Edith Piaf – Photo by Gabriel Szalontai

PIAF extends its acclaimed West End run and celebrates the 100th anniversary of the iconic French singer’s birth on Saturday 19th December 2015.

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.

“Because of its status as Piaf’s signature tune, “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” had to be spot on and Cameron didn’t disappoint as she gave a truly awesome performance of the iconic tune that, yet again, had this reviewer wiping back the tears. Cameron was backed up by a first rate ensemble cast who moved between roles effortlessly as the various stages of Edith’s life were chronicled. I was particularly impressed with Valerie Cutko’s portrayal of Marlene Dietrich and it was lovely to see the two ladies on stage together.” Review by Terry Eastham

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.

Piaf is produced by Gillian Tan, Blackwinged Creatives, Steven M. Levy and Sean Sweeney.

Piaf by Pam Gems
Tue, 1st December 2015 to Sat, 9th January 2016
Charing Cross Theatre
The Arches
Villiers Street
London, WC2N 6NL
http://www.charingcrosstheatre.co.uk/

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