Following the overwhelming audience response and unprecedented ticket demand for the recently opened production of PIAF, Curve has announced additional performance dates from 3 - 6 April 2013. The production currently showing in Curve's Studio will be transferred into the larger Theatre space, with Frances Ruffelle continuing in the title role as the legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf. Planning is also underway for a national tour of the production, following the performances at Curve; full details to be confirmed at a later date.
Click below to listen Ruffelle and the creative team talk about PIAF!
Known to all as 'Piaf', the sparrow that rose from the streets of Paris to the international stage, Edith Gassion's life and career is as unique as her extraordinary singing voice. Over one hundred thousand people brought Paris to a standstill on the occasion of her untimely death 50 years ago in 1963.
This new production of Pam Gems' play features some of Piaf's greatest songs, such as La Vie en Rose, Hymne à l'amour and Non Je Ne Regrette Rien. This gripping, powerful story, which contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature, celebrates the life of one of France's greatest cultural icons. Piaf explores the triumphs and tragedy that accompanied Edith Gassion's rise to fame and the intense scrutiny and struggle that came with it.
The original production of Piaf was at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1979. This new Curve production celebrates the extraordinary life of Edith Gassion on the 50th anniversary of her death.