Following it's critically acclaimed run at both Bridewell Theatre and Brighton Fringe 2015, Pam Gems’ PIAF, directed by Jari Laakso, has its much anticipated return to the London stage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of France’s most loved cultural icon, Édith Piaf.

On the streets of 1930s Paris, a young woman sings for passers by. Thirty years later, the same woman’s death draws tens of thousands of mourners on to the city’s streets, brings traffic to a halt, and leaves a legacy of music that remains strong to this day.

What lies in the time between, is the incredible true story of Édith Piaf, ‘the little sparrow’. PIAF unveils the spectacular and turbulent world of the legendary singer, incorporating live performance of her timeless music to tell her tale from sensational rise to devastating fall.

PIAF will show at the Bridewell Theatre in London from 30th October to 14th November 2015, with previews on 28th and 29th October 2015.

Warning: This production contains strong language and sexual references, which will be unsuitable for children.


Written by Pam Gems
PIAF © Pam Gems 1979

Director Jari Laakso
Production Designer Philippa Batt
Lighting Designer Chris Randall
Sound Designer Joshua Robins
Musical Supervisor & Arrangements Isaac McCollough
Musical Director Mal Hall
Movement Director Katya Bourses
Assistant Producer Mohamad Shaifulbahri
Production Manager Ben Karakashian
Stage Manager Ceren Bayrakta
Assistant Stage Manager Jo Sebastian-Green
Sound Operator Neal Gray
Dialect Coach Zoë Nathenson
General Management Blackwinged Creatives
Press Representative Kevin Wilson PR
Sound supplied by Robins Audio Ltd

Édith Piaf - Cameron Leigh
Toine - Samantha Spurgin
Marlene Dietrich, Madeleine, Nurse - Valerie Cutko
Leplée, German Soldier, American Officer, Doctor, Monsieur Vambert - Kit Smith
Charles, Legionnaire, Jean, Raymond, George - Mal Hall
Louis, Little Louis, German Soldier, Lucien, Theo - Philip Murray-Warson
Bruno, Eddie, American Sailor, Jaques, Dope Pusher - Brian Gilligan
Marcel, Emil, Police Inspector, American Sailor, Yves - Zac Hamilton
(Understudy) Toine, Marlene Dietrich, Madeleine, Nurse - Stephanie Prior

Produced by Gillian Tan in association with Blackwinged Creatives
Originally Produced by PINGNG Productions at the Brighton Fringe Festival and Gillian Tan in association with Blackwinged Creatives at the Bridewell Theatre, London.

Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes, plus interval

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