Full casting announced for Piaf starring Jenna Russell

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming revival of Pam Gems’ Piaf, starring Jenna Russell.

A co-production between Nottingham Playhouse and Leeds Playhouse, the production (which was originally scheduled for last year) reopens at Nottingham Playhouse from 2nd July to 17th July before transferring to Leeds Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre from 23rd July to 7th August.

Joining the previously announced Jenna Russell in the leading roles will be: Sally Ann Triplett as Toine, Laura Pitt-Pulford as Marlene Dietrich. Garry Robson as Louis Leplee and Louis Gaunt asTheo.They are joined by Samuel James as Bruno, Matthew Woodyatt as Raymond, Joseph Prowen as Louis and Zheng Xi Yong as Lucien.

Piaf tells the true life story renowned French singer Edith Piaf. The play premiered at The RSC in 1978 and has been produced numerous times in the West End, the UK and the US.

The upcoming production features cabaret-style seating (that adheres to any social distancing guidelines if necessary). The production will also be live streamed to audiences at home on 14th July.

Piaf is directed by Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford and features design by Frankie Bradshaw, lighting design by Jack Knowles, sound design by Ella Wahlström, music direction, arrangements and orchestrations by Gareth Valentine, and movement by Georgina Lamb. Félicité du Jeu serves as dialect coach, and Will Burton is casting director.

Director Adam Penford 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 runs at Nottingham Playhouse rom 2nd July to 17th July before transferring to Leeds Playhouse’s Courtyard Theatre from 23rd July to 7th August. Tickets are on sale now.

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