Jenna Russell to appear in Piaf in Nottingham

Published: 30 March 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Shocking, hilarious and heart-breaking” story: Piaf

Nottingham Playhouse has confirmed that Pam Gems’s Piaf featuring Jenna Russell in the lead role will be staged in summer 2021—12 months after its original date.

A Nottingham Playhouse and Leeds Playhouse co-production, Piaf tells the extraordinary life story of Edith Piaf whose most famous songs include "La Vie en Rose" and "Je Ne Regrette Rien".

Russell performed the role of Dot in Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Wyndham’s Theatre in the West End and on Broadway in 2006, picking up an Olivier Award for best actress in a musical and being nominated for a Tony Award.

Further casting will be announced later. Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford who will direct Piaf said, "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 will be at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 2 July until Saturday 17 July. Press night will be on Tuesday 6 July 2021. Leeds Playhouse's performance dates will be confirmed later.

Piaf will also be live-streamed for audiences at home on Wednesday 14 July.