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PIAF by Pam Gems
Reviving Edith Piaf’s Story on the Centenary of her Birth
Following the success at the 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.
**** “A theatrical treat” BritishTheatre.com
“Cameron Leigh is outstanding in the central role” The Stage
**** "It had the audience on their feet" West End Wilma
"Leigh’s vocals are stupendous reaching the heights that some singers can only dream of...’ Love London Love Culture
**** "a tour-de-force of energy, mesmerising...Piaf should not be missed!" Plays to See
“Cameron Leigh’s Piaf is as vocally close as one can get." Theatreworld
**** “This is a captivating production that deserves to be seen" Reviews Hub
"Leigh delivers in a frighteningly evocative way" Broadwayworld
**** "I don’t think it is possible to heap enough praise on Cameron Leigh for her portrayal of Piaf" London Theatre 1
Running time2 hours 25 minutes including an interval
Performance dates1st December 2015 – 9th January 2016
Age Guidance: 16+ Warning: This production occasionally contains strong language and sexual references, which may be unsuitable for children.
Anne Barrett11th January
Brilliant show, did she have a voice!! Good venue too and no prob at all getting the tickets at box office - girl on duty was so helpful and efficient!! We had great seats thanks to her help, wish I had her name!
Pat. Hughes11th January
Thoroughly enjoyed the show, Charing Cross theatre, is a lovely little theatre, the star of the show was Cameron Leigh for her portrayal of Piaf, was like listening to Piaf herself, this is our second time to the theatre , saw Dusty last year, can't wait to see what they produce next,
Susan Mary Peters10th January
Despite all characters having a London accent, which I found some what confusing, considering PAIF was French! To sing in any foreign language, "word perfect" was amazing. Overall, a good show.
Kay Burston10th January
Fantastic show worth going to see!
Juliet Sydenham10th January
It was excellent. The stand in heroine was a great actress with a wonderful voice. The rest of the cast did a superb job considering they had to keep playing different roles. The second act needed pepping up a bit. A good evening.
lynne sinclair sinclair10th January
We had read the reviews re the leading lady so were very disappointed to see that she and another leading role were not going to be appearing. However understudies are often superb so we were not unhappy - at first!! Whilst the understudy had a good voice - the comedy lines were thrown away and oh my goodness how it dragged - we spoke to the people next to us and behind and everyone so disappointed - Sadly no standing ovation for the understudy at all although I think she did do a good job with the singing - I was not moved however whereas when I saw Elaine Page in the part years ago it was really emotional. We do love that theatre and would be keen to return - we ate there and it was excellent - we also glimpsed the leading lady who was there for the last performance . Luckily we didnt pay full price for our tickets so we are not unhappy really - Happy new year! Lynne
Alan Smith9th January
Outstanding! Singing and acting were superb!!!! Wish I could enjoy another evening with Piaf and friends - I'll watch to see if the cast offers another presentation anywhere.
Keith Fieldhouse9th January
Reason booked was to see Cameron playing Piaf. Unfortunately she was not performing but her understudy did not disappoint as she did a very good job in the role. Overall very good production.
Frances Sargeant9th January
We thoroughly enjoyed the show and thought Piaff herself was fantastic. The story itself was a bit of a let down as it didn't really convey her life as well as it could have. Loved the theatre setting though.
Benoit Marechal9th January
Nice Theatre, good musician. The lead singer/ actor was good when singing in English, but as soon as she started to sing it French, it was a MASSACRE. Poor Piaf, such a lack of respect.
John Stogdale8th January
Fantastic and a great experience.
Gillian Page8th January
Loved all the songs and music but found the dialogue difficult to hear so it was hard to follow the story. Looked Edith Piaf up on the Internet so understand it now!