Piaf at Leeds Playhouse to star Jenna Russell

Piaf follows the story of world-renowned French singer Edith Piaf. The dramatic biographical musical was written by the late Pam Gems, following how Piaf started out singing in the streets and eventually became an international star.

The title role will be played by Tony-nominated and Olivier Award-winning actress Jenna Russell. It’s a shame most people will know her for her part in EastEnders, but hopefully some of you will recognise her from other acting endeavours too.

Leeds Playhouse Artistic Director James Brining said: “Edith Piaf was a truly extraordinary woman and Pam Gem’s play, originally performed in 1978, captures the glamour and squalor, and the rise and fall of her incredible life. It is fantastic to be co-producing once again with our friends at Nottingham Playhouse and to welcome the brilliant Jenna Russell to lead the company. We look forward to sharing this outstanding production with audiences here in Leeds as part of the Spring 2020 season in our beautifully redeveloped theatre.”

It’s an unusual choice of subject matter for Leeds audiences and I’m not hugely convinced it’ll be a popular choice amongst the masses, but it’s certainly worth going along to give it a go.

It’ll be coming to Leeds Playhouse in 2020, so keep an eye out on the website for more information.

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